Mortimer's Bar shooting victim waved middle finger as his life slipped away, witness says

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Mortimer's smoking cage was riddled with bullets following the Sunday-morning double shooting.
After last call on Sunday morning, Peter Kenyon was wrapping up his night out with his girlfriend in Gringo's, the bar adjacent to and inside the same building as Mortimer's, when he heard a series of bangs.

THE BACKSTORY: Shooting outside Mortimer's Bar leaves one dead, one critically injured

"To me it didn't sound like a big deal," Kenyon told City Pages. "It sounded like a cart rolling over raised tiles or something."

Kenyon was sitting at a table next to a window looking out on Gringo's parking-lot smoking cage. The bangs came from the direction of the cage, and when he looked out there to see what was going on, he saw a black man wearing flannel crash into the door separating the cage from the inside of the building.

"He landed on the ground and looked up, and he had those kind of eyes like when you shoot a deer," Kenyon said. "He was pointing his middle finger at everybody, and he looked at [my girlfriend]. He looked right directly at her, and was pointing his finger at her and looking at everybody."

"I was like, was this some sort of last intent toward the person that was after him? Or it might've been like him not wanting to have anybody help him, like, 'Fuck you, I can take care of this myself," Kenyon continued, adding that the man quickly weakened and eventually stopped moving altogether.

The victim sprawled in front of the door wasn't the only distressing sight Kenyon saw on the patio, however.

"I looked past him, and I saw this woman crying and holding her leg and limping out of sight from the door frame, saying, 'Oh my God!" Kenyon said. "And then I saw a guy right in front of her doing the same thing with his leg. So I'm thinking, because apparently only two people got shot, the [victim] must've run right into them and sprained their ankles or something."

Despite the chaos on the smoking patio, Kenyon said most of the folks inside the bar stayed calm.

"There wasn't really panic -- there was panic going on on the patio -- everyone else in Gringo's was kinda going, 'Uh, what's going on, is this a serious thing?'" Kenyon said.

But the realization that there had been a shooting in the smoking cage slowly spread, and patrons started moving from Gringo's to Mortimer's. Kenyon's girlfriend, however, was still at the window gazing out upon the lifeless man on the other side of the door.

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