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Whiskey Park North Shooting: What People Are Saying

The shooting occurred on Saturday morning at the Carrollwood bar.

Early Saturday morning,

Authorities say Pablo Bonilla, 23, got into an argument around 1 a.m. with Jordan Lee McKenna, 27, inside the club at 11921 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The argument occurred because Bonilla saw McKenna talking to his girlfriend, authorities said.

A few hours later, while Bonilla, his girlfriend and others were getting into their vehicles, a blue Dodge Charger driven by McKenna stopped next to them. An unknown white man got out of the car and fired shots, hitting Bonilla and the unidentified victim.

Bonilla later died, and the second victim was treated and released from St. Joseph's Hospital. Authorities arrested McKenna and charged him with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder. Authorities are searching for the shooter in the ongoing investigation.

On Saturday, club patrons and Tampa Bay residents talked about the shooting on Twitter, where the words "Whiskey Park North" had become a trending topic. Here are some excerpts:

  • "Whiskey Park North Bar trending on twitter??? Like there were no other club shootings in America last night?" - @holdingmyown
  • "Whiskey Park North Bar shooting leave one dead ... smh that's a shame and they say it only happens in ybor" - @FLACHICK84
  • 'Whiskey Park North Bar' is trending in the Bay area because of this deadly shooting" - @MicahGrimesBN9
  • "How the heck did Whiskey Park North Bar make twitters trending topics?" - @Thecellxchange

Have you been to Whiskey Park North before? Do you have concerns about your safety there, or do you think the shooting was an isolated incident?

Camille C. Spencer July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Club patrons: Do you plan to head to the club this week, or has the shooting caused you to think twice?
Dee Grand July 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
At least one of the low-life dirt bags has been arrested!
Jenny Olding July 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I don't plan on ever going back.
Camille C. Spencer July 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@jenny: i've heard that sentiment from people.
Glen July 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Haven't been there for a while, it used to be very nice a few years ago but the last time I was there a dude suffering from Napoleon complex thought I was looking at him some kind of way and stepped to me, I had no clue what was going on... only when the restroom assitant and another guy told him.... " hey not him" then I realise he had been in some altercation with some other patrons.. I'm 6'-3" and 230 lb athletic built and he's about 5' something, if so much... all I did was laugh and went about my way.
elizabeth July 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
He isn't a low-life dirt bag! He just got mixed in the wrong crowd of people. Innocent until proven guilty!
David Hardingham July 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Quote The shooter then got back into McKenna's vehicle and both men fled the scene, according to the sheriff's office. so what would you call McKenna for assisting in an unjustifyed murder as you have a choice in the crounds you hang with
Jim Jacobs July 20, 2012 at 04:32 AM
The story says that McKenna was charged with being an accessory after the fact. Unless we are not being given all of the facts, I would consider McKenna an accomplice and believe that he should stand trial for the same crimes that the shooter is charged with having committed.
Kathryn Barrett July 22, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My husband and I go often since we live close by- been going for 6 years. I'm not letting one isolated instance keep me from going back.
Pissed Off July 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
@ Elizabeth- He got mixed up in the wrong crowd? He was the 1 talking to another mans girlfriend. He is the 1 who got into an argument. He is the 1 who was driving the car & could have driven away from any further altercations...but chose not to. Seeing how it was his car, I bet it was his gun! It doesn't make any since why this happened & why so many lives will be changed forever, but it is very clear that the driver is far from innocent!!!!!!!!!!! You know who is innocent... the people who don't hang out at sleazy bars...who do everything they are supposed to do, but because of other peoples stupid decisions their lives have completely fallen apart!
Kathryn Barrett July 23, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sleazy bars??? Really? I wouldn't consider Whiskey North a sleazy bar at all. IMO, those are located by the Bucs stadium. I'm a mom of 4 and love WN. My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy but to bad mouth an upscale establishment doesn't help things at all. People make bad choices and must suffer the consequences.
Yini July 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I feel McKenna is just as guilty as the shooter and i hope the family gets justice!!!
Diamond Girl July 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Why havent the media made this shooter on the loose public!!! Im sure they questioned Mckeena and they would have to know who they are looking for!!!! Put this killer on the news so people could be aware who is standing next to them....they havent mentioned no name,no wanted pictures no nothing. Is it ok to kill now? R.I.P Pablito.....
BRENDA August 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I totally agree with you Diamond girl... I REALLY WISH THEY WOULD PUT THE KILLERS FACE ON T.V OR SOMRTHING SO WE CAN HELP FIND TE KILLER IT MAKES NO SINCE WHY THEY HAVEN'T DONR THAT YET ... YOU WOULD THINK THEY WANT TO FIND THE SHOOTER AND MCKEENA SHOULD GO DOWN TO FOR MURDER. R.I.P PABLITO...
stacy merle September 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
YES thanks to God for Justice people dont understand u make a choice and the choice tha they made took my cousin away!! May EVERY ONE that was involved pay for what they did!! PABLO BONILLA JUSTICE WILL BR SERVED FOR U LOVE U AND MISS U!!
stacy merle September 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
SO True!!! Every one has choices in life!!

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