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Hopewell police investigate a hit & run and gun shots fired at Jolly Rogers


A late night altercation at a bar in Hopewell leads to gun shots and a hit and run investigation - and now a woman is in serious condition at the hospital.

Police say it happened at the Jolly Rogers Restaurant on Oaklawn Boulevard at 1:30 a.m., Thursday.

Police say 52-year-old Paul Scott Bass pulled out a gun during an altercation with another man.

Shots were fired - and as the man tried to flee the scene in his car - he hit Bass and a female bystander before taking off.

Investigators say the altercation happened in the parking lot.

"Detectives have been working hard ever since 1:30 a.m. to really bring some closure," said Chief of Police, John Keohane.

Police found the driver of the hit and run vehicle but didn't charge him. Instead, they hit Bass with a list of weapons charges including malicious wounding and aggravated assault.

"In this case, alcohol played a major factor in this case," said Keohane.

A key piece of evidence was left at the scene. Police say they retrieved Bass's handgun in the parking lot- the same gun he used during the altercation. Patrons couldn't believe the news and point to the sign that reads ‘no weapons allowed'.

"I don't like it, I don't like hearing what happened and I'm sorry it happened here," said patron, Vickie Kuhn.

"Don't be stupid, have a good time and go home," said patron, Ernest "Bubba" Langford.

A couple of pool tables, TV's and cold beers. Nothing fancy about Jolly Rogers, the regulars like it that way.

"They come up here, have a good time, everybody knows everybody," said Langford.

"This is my family, I know the people they all treat me good, I treat them good," said Kuhn.

Police say Bass accidentally shot himself in the hand during the altercation last night - he's out of the hospital but behind bars. The 44-year-old female bystander remains in serious condition at VCU Medical Center.

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