A drive-by shooting in front of the Midtown rock club Fubar on Saturday night wounded five, including a person working for the club, and shattered its large street-facing windows.
That's according to Robert Fancher, the owner of the club at 3108 Locust Street. In a GoFundMe campaign posted Sunday morning
, Fancher wrote that the five people caught in the spray of bullets were innocent bystanders, including his friend Tim McFarland, who was shot in the leg while volunteering at the club.
Fancher's GoFundMe campaign quickly drew widespread support — exceeding its goal of $6,250 by Sunday evening. A second campaign, aimed at helping McFarland
, launched later on Sunday. It also got off to a quick start, generating more than $1,000 in just a few hours.
Wrote Fancher, "Tim's wound will fortunately heal, and he was lucky to have not been injured more seriously, however a trip to the ER, and their services, will accrue some bills he neither deserves, nor asked for. Tim has supported me, Fubar venue, and local & national bands. Music is his passion and he has devoted nearly all of his free time promoting events and interviews, while never asking FOR ANYTHING in return."
He added, "He is going to be out of work a week, maybe two, maybe more. I am trying to raise money to help him get through that, as well as his medical deductible. Anyone who knows Tim knows that he is about as genuine and selfless as it gets. He has gone out of his way to help me in many ways, and now its time to help him."
As for the club itself, Fancher wrote that its exterior is now boarded up. Insurance will not cover the shattered windows:
I have poured my entire heart and soul into this place, and would like to continue to operate. We get bands from all over the world into St Louis, OUR city, and give the opportunity for local musicians to share the stage with their favorite artists. It is not a very lucrative business financially, but it is 100% in my heart, and I love what I do. I would be forever thankful for any help. Your support means the world to me, and I know some of these shows mean the world to you.
LA artist King Lil G, who was playing the club, rose to the city's defense after being asked about the shooting on Twitter.
Fubar, which specializes in punk, hardcore and metal shows in addition to rock, was the RFT's pick for "Best Rock Club" in 2015
No arrests have been made in the shooting; Fox-2 reports that all those wounded are expected to recover
In its report, Fox-2 alleges that the argument began inside the club before spilling outside.
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