Suspect In Shooting At Metro Sports Bar Has History Of Gun Violence


Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 11:20 pm
By: News 9


Kirsten McIntyre and Jon Jordan, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Police are looking for a 28-year-old with a history of gun violence who they said shot a man at a metro sports bar Tuesday night.

Police said Todd Coker, 28, was drunk Tuesday night when he walked into Half-Time Sports on S.W. 55th Street. Investigators said Coker told a bar employee and someone helping the employee that he knew the owner of the bar. The employee called the owner to try to give him a ride home, but as soon as the employee hung up the phone, Coker allegedly pulled out a gun and fired three shots, hitting Steven Lewis at least one time. Lewis was helping the bar employee at the time of the shooting.

Police said Lewis was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

By the time police arrived Coker had already left the scene.

Police have not released a description of the vehicle. There is video of the shooting from a surveillance camera inside the sports bar.  Police are still reviewing it.

According to court documents, Coker shot another man at the Silver Stallion bar in Mustang in 2005. In 2008, he pleaded no contest to shooting a once long time friend Jesse Jordan after the two had been in a fight at the bar. Jordan's family said Coker became so outraged he shot Jordan once in the hand and another time in the chest, puncturing his lung.

Court record show Coker was sentenced to five years in prison. Coker only served 30 days in the county jail before he was released, but he had to be continuously monitored by the district attorney's office for the first year.

"Coker is a dangerous man," said Jordan's aunt, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth said she wasn't surprised to learn the man that shot her nephew would do something similar.

"He got off so easy, he should have served significant time for what he did to my nephew," Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth said she is worried Coker may get a light sentence again, and next time he might end up killing someone.

"I hope I am wrong, I really am," Elizabeth said.

Coker's family had no comment on either incidents.