There were two fatal shootings at separate bars featured on Spike’s Bar Rescue early Saturday, including one that involved the owner of a bar that was to be featured on Sunday’s brand-new episode. Spike pulled the episode but later apologized for failing to pull repeats of the episode.
Country singer Wayne Mills was shot dead by Pit and Barrell owner Chris Ferrell, who “told police he shot Mills in self-defense following an argument over Mills smoking in the bar,” The Tennessean reports.
Spike apologized for airing the episode; it pulled the original broadcast of the episode, “Music City Mess,” but failed to pull repeats. A statement said, “We apologize to all those affected by the terrible tragedy over the weekend and to Jon Taffer, the production team, and our advertisers for our unfortunate human error.”
Bar Rescue Updates has screenshots of the episode, including of a sign at the bar that says “guns are welcome on premises,” and a closing title card that said “Chris has not lost his temper with his staff” since filming. The episode’s DVR description said it featured “a country music snob with an explosive personality.”
Meanwhile, early Saturday at Second Base in Orange, Calif., KCAL reports that the 31-year-old victim has a 14-year-old daughter and “was with friends when a fight broke out in an enclosed parking lot prior to the shooting.” KTLA reports that “someone opened fire in a parking lot behind the building, according to the Orange Police Department. The incident began with an argument inside the bar, then spilled out into the parking lot.”
The bar, which was featured on the show in 2012 and was formerly known as Extremes Bar and Grill, replied to someone on Twitter asking about the killing and said, “you would have to ask authorities. You know as much as we do.”