Shooting at Asheboro Bar Prompts ALE Investigation

3/6/2019
 

ASHEBORO, N.C. – An Asheboro bar is closed after a man was shot outside.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 27, 2019, officers with the Asheboro Police Department responded to Freewayz Sports Bar and Lounge, located at 1512 Zoo Parkway, where they found a man in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Through the course of their investigation, Asheboro Police Department found Camarius Phillips, 16, of Candor, to be the primary suspect in the shooting. Phillips is wanted on multiple felony charges, but has not been apprehended.

Asheboro Police Department contacted North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement to assist with the investigation. ALE special agents determined the owner of Freewayz Sports Bar and Lounge, Mark Bittle, 50, of Thomasville, had allowed underage Phillips to consume alcoholic beverages inside the bar the night of the incident.

Security personnel who were assigned to pat-down patrons for concealed weapons before they could enter the establishment had already discovered multiple other handguns prior to the shooting.

In the five months Freewayz Sports Bar and Lounge has been open, this is the second call Asheboro PD has responded to at the location that involved the discharge of a firearm. ALE special agents have also made multiple drug arrests at the business. Due to the repeated violence and public safety concern, Bittle surrendered his ABC permits to ALE. This investigation is ongoing and charges are expected by ALE.

ALE’s 109 specially trained agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and state lottery laws. ALE is a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.