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April 1, 2014

Hearing delayed in bar shooting

HASTINGS — A Clearfield County man’s preliminary hearing in a drive-by bar shooting that wounded another man will be rescheduled for later this month.

Prosecutors received permission from District Judge Michael Zungali to postpone the hearing for 57-year-old Russell Scott Shick after several of their witnesses did not show up Tuesday.

Another key witness, the man who was struck in the hip by a bullet, recently died.

Robert J. Edgar, 31, of Coalport, died Feb. 27 in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Beccaria Township, Clearfield County, said Scott Lilly, chief deputy district attorney.

Edgar’s death was investigated and ruled accidental, Lilly added, noting there was no tie to the Oct. 16 shooting at George’s Tavern along Route 53 in Dysart.

State police have said Edgar was one of several patrons inside George’s when Shick, of Beccaria Township, fired multiple rounds from the highway into the side of the bar.

Investigators have alleged Shick was kicked out of the tavern earlier that day for making “belligerent,” vulgar comments to a bartender and then threatening the woman’s husband.

Shick has told The Tribune-Democrat the matter escalated after someone pulled a knife on him inside the bar. He maintained he will fight the charges.

Shick faces four felony counts of aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure as well as one count of terroristic threats. He is free on $20,000 unsecured bond.

Zungali said subpoenas will be issued to ensure witnesses arrive for the next hearing date.

Lilly described several of the witnesses as victims in the case. He said he was unsure why they failed to appear on Tuesday.

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