Archive for Sunday, July 26, 2009

Police investigating shots fired outside Econolodge

Lawrence police responded to reports of shots fired outside the Econolodge early Sunday. Rounds and casings were found, but no arrests have been made.

July 26, 2009, 2:54 a.m. Updated July 26, 2009, 5:12 a.m.


Lawrence Police are investigating reports of shots fired at the Econolodge, 2222 W. Sixth street.

The incident was called in about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Ted Bordman said multiple shots had been discharged and rounds and casings had been found in the parking lot. He said no one was found to have been hit by the shots.

Sgt. Bordman said Lawrence Police received varying descriptions of suspects and vehicles involved with the incident from witnesses.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lawrence police at 785-830-7430, Douglas County dispatchers at 785-832-7509 or Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS.


Evan Ridenour 8 years, 9 months ago

Everyone keeps complaining about the Moon Bar/Axis/821 why is not one complaining about this place. It seems every time I drive by there late at night cop cars are out front of that place.

mommyoffour 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Eride, but I also have another one for you Crosstown aka THE DOG, THE DIRTY. Why is it they have had several shootings, stabbings and fights just to name a few of the things that goes on there and nothing is ever done. Why has this place not been shut down? Is it because KU students aren't at risk? Is it because it is on the East Side of town? Is it because the people that go there aren't worth keeping safe? Hmmmmm I am just wondering. I don't think that all the people that go there are bad, like the ones that do go for just a drink or to play some pool. Well for their safety they should probably find another bar to go to. The city should shut this bar down ASAP! We live close to this place and I see police there almost everyday. Sometimes I will take a different route if I have to go in that direction. Bullets don't always hit the intended target. If any one has any ideas why this place isn't shut down, well I would like to know. The families that live close must be terrified.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 9 months ago

This is the second time they have found rounds but have no idea who was shooting or why. Both times no one was hurt. I'm not sure about that one shooting on Haskel. It's hard to keep up.

parrothead8 8 years, 9 months ago

This is's something like the third morning in a row I've woken up to see a headline on the LJ-W that starts, "Police investigating shots fired...".

It seems like people are having a difficult time controlling their emotions, and it always seems to happen late at night/early in the morning. I'd be shocked if alcohol - the LEGAL drug - isn't involved in each and every one of these incidents. Alcohol and guns: what a great combination.

Maybe we need to post deputies on every road leading into Lawrence on weekends and require people to check their guns at the border. Then we'd only have us "civilized" residents of Lawrence to worry about.

Sigmund 8 years, 9 months ago

mommyoffour (Anonymous) says… "Why is it they have had several shootings, stabbings and fights just to name a few of the things that goes on there and nothing is ever done. Why has this place not been shut down?"

Neither the Xtown nor Axis/851 are within Downtown Lawrence's green zone and nothing will be done. This is especially true as long as they continue to pay their tribute of retail liquor taxes to the city in these cash strapped times.

Drfingo 8 years, 9 months ago

I think that it has been proven that shutting down the locations will not stop this. Last Call was shut down, and the "people of incident" simply found a new place to flex their pride. The problem is that 99% of the attendees don't cause problems, they just want somewhere to listen to their music, and maybe grind on the dance floor. It is the 1% that causes the problems. The question is what to do with that 1%. Anyone have any ideas?

ayoungjhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

the reason you keep seeing the cops outside econo is because the so called "new management" for 821/Axis whatever you wanna call it...has parties in the econo all the time. the party that resulted in these shots fired was a party thrown by the new management of 821. they moved it about a block and a half...same result...

beatrice 8 years, 9 months ago

Good thing there are so many guns out there.

Drfingo 8 years, 9 months ago

Edgeofbaldwin obviously has never dealt with mil-spec, they solve nothing, EOB also has no idea about the required/established security at these places. And this isn't costing anyone more $$$, there are not more police on force during these parties unfortunately the events simply distract the on staff police presence from doing their normal jobs.

ralphralph 8 years, 9 months ago

Any ideas? Yeah. Start squealing. It's hard to fire a gun many times in town without someone looking to see what it's about. Trouble is, the witnesses won't tell the cops who it was or what happened. If the 99% don't want to feel hasseled, they need to hold the 1% accountable.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 9 months ago

xbusguy Is econolodge the old Ramada Inn??

The Ramada Inn is just down the street from the Econolodge. From its ad on the Net the Econolodge looks like a nice place to stay. They have in room coffee makers, free wi-fi,free newspaper and an iron and ironing board. It doesn't like the kind of place to attract a bad crowd. But, I haven't really noticed it so maybe the ad is lying.

rousseau108 8 years, 9 months ago

No, the Econolodge is where the Ramada used to be

Practicality 8 years, 9 months ago

No bethree, it isn't just you. Although, the permissive attitude towards drugs and alcohol by the city of Lawrence and many of its citizens is very enticing for many people outside of Lawrence, (Kansas City, Topeka, and Junction City) to come to to town because their cities are less tolerant of the businesses that cater to them.

Drfingo 8 years, 9 months ago

Apparently LarryNative and biggunz are stuck in 2005. I believe reticent irreverent made the observation that you will find more skate punks than "last call crowd" at duffys, and it is spelled Haji's, and they sold the place years ago. Not that it is any improvement, I just think accurate details are important when making broad generalizations.

Drfingo 8 years, 9 months ago

Sorry if I seem antagonistic. I have friends who are associated with the Econolodge, and they are putting in a lot of effort to improve the place. Too bad it is not enough to prevent crap like this. Reports like this are a pock mark to this town, and all but a handful of its citizens who don't care about its condition. I love this town, and activities like this are the antithesis of what we as a community are trying to achieve.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

Irish: From its ad on the Net the Econolodge looks like a nice place to stay. They have in room coffee makers, free wi-fi,free newspaper and an iron and ironing board.

LOL wow, in room coffeemakers! what're they puttin' in them coffes?

and, the ironing boards make a good base to steady your shooting arm!

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

Haji or Hajji:

so, apparently the people operating the Econolodge are (one or more) of the following: an actress; the taker of shoes, sandals, and various children's buckets; a Cypriate businessman; bearers of a muslim honorific title; ... or just named Haji?

Justasis 8 years, 9 months ago

I must agree with ayoungjhawk, however its not the owners of 821 who are throwing these parties, its a group of promoters that have thrown parties at 821, Econo Lodge and Granada. Some group called B.A.Y Boys Productions. My son, a student at KU speaks about these parties. Their parties a known for altercations. The city is wasting time going after Christopher Windler, Fred Windler, Qing Ling Wang and Xin Li Liu. Even if they close Club 821, B.A.Y Boy Productions who is primarily organized of former football player Marcus Anderson, and Lee Johnson will still host parties with uncontrollable crowds. Shut them down is the true answer.

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