I often wonder if young people understand what they're getting themselves into when they head out into the seedy world of playing bars, clubs, whatever you want to call them. Watering Holes. Places where people drink and party. A lot of these places are pretty bad; some are worse than you think. I'm going to tell you about a place we have played in the past. It's called the Dupont Bar & Grill. The Dupont Bar & Grill is/was a sister club to a country bar here in town. They used to be owned by the same person, but they aren't anymore. You still get into either of them by paying cover at one, though. The Dupont Bar & Grill has certain bands that have played there for years, and get written up in all the local papers, and win local awards every year. These bands have their own following, and a good amount of their following likes to go see them at the Dupont Bar & Grill. The Dupont Bar & Grill doesn't put a lot of money into advertising your show. They don't really do anything to bring people in when you play there, and if you don't get a whole lot of people in there, you're done. You'll play there ONCE, and then you're fired forever. They will charge a $5.00 cover, and that's about as high as anyone charges for local bands around here. On January 19th, there was a shooting there. What's been said is that there was a guy by the name of Damian Miller, who had been drinking at the sister bar, and came into Dupont because a bartender was going to give him a ride home. The bouncer told him he had to leave, because it was after closing time. He argued, and there was some sort of "altercation." He ended up outside, and then the bouncer followed him outside, went and got a gun from his car, and shot him to death. Here's a news item about it: Dupont Bar Shooting Victim Identified Here's the story where the guy who was with Miller makes a pretty clear statement of what happened: Northside Bar Shooting Victim Identified A scuffle ensued and the bouncer fired two shots in my friends chest, Bradley said. OK, now here's where it gets a little odd: As of Sunday afternoon, police said they do not have any suspects in custody. The bars owner told NewsChannel 15 he would not comment on whether or not a bar employee was involved. From this point on, all press about this talks about Miller's criminal record. He robbed a Walgreens of some pharmaceuticals with a toy gun, and served some time for it. From this point on, he is always described as "troubled." Talented Musician's Last 6 Years Tumultous Now here's the thing. The bouncer shot him, but in every single story since then, there has been no shooter named. No one has said the name of the guy who was working the door that night; no one has said anything more about a bouncer's involvement. So that brings us to this article: Dispute at Bar Turns Fatal The sheriffs department did not say whether there were any witnesses to the shooting, but there were about 12 witnesses to the fight, according to department spokesman officer Adam Griffith. Officers had interviewed some of them at the bar and taken some downtown. Among the people who were being questioned was the person who did the shooting, Griffith said. The local scene has talked about it thusly: Local music paper blurb (pdf) Life can be cruel sometimes, and we were among the many friends and fans who were saddened by the turn that Damians life took in the past decade and griefstricken by the tragic events that occurred this past Sunday morning. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and his many friends in and out of the local music scene. Looking forward, theres much to do in and around northeast Indiana to keep yourself amused. All you have to do is look for it, and youve taken that all important first step by picking up this issue of whatzup. Facebook page for charity in name of Damian Miller Now, I have a lot to say about this, and I am going to refrain from doing so on this forum. I provided my version of the story, based on what I know so far, and provided links. I am curious about what any of you think.