FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV/Meredith) — Witnesses said an argument over the size of a German shepherd led to a deadly shooting at a Missouri sports bar, according to investigators.
Police said 43-year-old Scott Beary died in the shooting at Show-Me's Sports Bar & Grill in Florissant, Missouri on Wednesday. Beary's friend and co-worker, Ryan Jacobsmeyer, 37, was injured.
Witness Carl Leavy said the shooting happened when a dispute about the dog's weight boiled over and another man pulled out a gun. It wasn't until Beary and his friend were about to leave that the argument turned violent, according to police.
Beary's brother, Don Beary, lamented the killing, asking "When in this country are we going to stop with the violence?"
The man who opened fire is not facing charges nearly a week after the shooting due to insufficient information. Therefore, police have not released his name.
Despite multiple videos from inside the sports bar and more than 20 witness interviews, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said there was not enough clear evidence to determine whether the man acted in defense or as the aggressor.
Complicating matters is the shifting nature of self-defense laws and how those intersect with weapons laws.
“Defense is always a consideration we look at, but now there’s defense of others, who’s the aggressor, who’s the initial aggressor,” McCulloch said. “The way the law keeps changing with Stand Your Ground and where you can take guns and all that information, it’s going to take awhile to sort through this.”
Prosecutors only have video from the incident. For an understanding of what was said, they’ve relied on witness interviews. Some overheard parts of the conversation and some were taking part in it, according to McCulloch.
McCulloch doesn’t believe the shooter is a danger to any of the witnesses or the public at large.
“I don’t anticipate this individual would be an issue,” he said.
For now, McCulloch’s office is still gathering and reviewing surveillance video and waiting on toxicology reports. While some witnesses may be re-interviewed once all the evidence is gathered, McCulloch said he hopes to have everything completed by the end of this week. At that point, they’ll make the decision on whether to charge the shooter.
“He may end up charged at some point, he may not,” McColluch said. “We have time to go through everything thoroughly and check it against the various statutes that come into play on this. Not just homicide statutes, but defense statutes, self-defense, stand your ground, everything that plays into that. Which in this situation has certainly complicated things.”
Just five days before the shooting, Beary and his wife had to bury their 11-day-old daughter due to complications from a premature birth.
"We put her to rest and we were all healing and now this happens. So, we're going to start all over again and we're going to be in that same church that we were just inside on Sunday and it's not fair," said Jeana Sellenschuetter, Beary's friend and employer at CSM Construction.
He was also the father of a 16-, 15- and 13-year-old. His friends described him as a loving husband and father.
"He was the salt of the earth," said Sellenschuetter. "He was a teddy bear."
She also created a GoFundMe page for Beary's Family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.