Police were called to Milo’s Bar on Garrison Road at Powder Springs Street about 3 a.m. Sunday.
That’s when Takilam Terrell, 34, of Sandy Springs was shot in the torso, stumbled out of the bar and into the parking lot, where he collapsed.
He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and underwent emergency surgery but later died.
According to City of Marietta ordinances, bars cannot serve alcohol after 3 a.m.
A Milo’s Bar neighbor said she was surprised to hear about a shooting there early Sunday morning.
She learned about the incident while driving to work Monday.
“The guy who owns the place is a super nice guy,” said Trudy Lowe, who works at a property management office across from the bar on Garrison Road.
On more than one occasion, she said the bar owner has brought lunch to her office.
She said she’s always felt safe and never had any concerns about the bar’s clientele getting rowdy.
“I keep the door locked, but that’s because you never know what could happen and I work alone,” Lowe said.
No one was at the bar Monday while Lowe was working or during visits by the Journal, and calls weren’t answered throughout the day.
Detective Chris Lindsey with Marietta Police said they received a phone call about 3 a.m. Sunday that someone had been shot inside the bar.
“It started as an argument that turned physical with these (two) guys, and then for some reason a third person got involved with a firearm,” Lindsey said. “We’re not sure why the third person wanted to get involved.
“The shot struck him in such a way that it ended up being fatal,” Lindsey said.
Police aren’t sure what type of gun was used or who shot it, but they are looking into some leads.
“There were a lot of people in the club when it happened,” Lindsey said. “We are not sure how many cooperative witnesses we have right now but we have been trying to track people down and ID as many patrons as we can and talk to people to flesh out the story to see what led up to this.”
Lindsey said police have had reports of bar fights at Milo’s before, or disturbance calls, but that there have never been any shootings or killings there before.
According to Marietta Police records, 23 other incidents were reported at the bar since January 2012, including four separate charges of aggravated assault, five charges of damage to property, four larceny charges, one robbery, and one weapons offense.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Marietta Police Department tip line at (770) 794-6990 or Detective Jonnie Moeller at (770) 794-2366.