Printed on: January 08, 2013

Shooting victim remains critical

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

The Idaho Falls man who was shot multiple times outside an Idaho Falls lounge early Sunday remained in critical condition Monday afternoon at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, according to Idaho Falls Police Department officials.

Justin Mangum, 35, was shot in the parking lot of the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, at 780 Lindsay Blvd., around 1 a.m.

Mangum, of Idaho Falls, was transported to EIRMC.

Idaho Falls police detectives are searching for 21-year-old Fabian Hernandez of Rexburg as a person of interest.

Hernandez is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head.

Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said Hernandez is not a suspect in the case at this time; police just want to question him. They have no other people of interest in the case.

Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis said his department is assisting in searching for Hernandez, who is reportedly a Rexburg resident.

Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett said the incident remains under investigation and no warrants had been issued or charges filed Monday.

Hansen declined to comment on how many times Mangum was shot, where the bullets hit him or what kind of gun was used.

She also declined to comment on how many people were present during the shooting, the reason for the shooting or whether any of the people involved knew one another.

There were other fights happening in the parking lot around the same time the shooting occurred, Hansen said, but she did not know whether they were related to the shooting or how many people were involved.

Hansen declined to comment on how long police officers stayed at the scene or how many witnesses or people at the hotel and bar were questioned by police.

In years prior, Idaho Falls police officers were allowed to moonlight as security personnel for the Shilo Inn while off duty. But Police Chief Steve Roos banned the practice about six months ago.

"The original idea was to protect the hotel, but (the off-duty officers) were being paid by the bar," Roos said. "I got some complaints from the hotel manager, and it portrayed police in a negative light."

Roos said police officers are not allowed to be bail bondsmen, private investigators or bouncers while off duty.

Bar patrons' run-ins with police are not new to the Shilo Inn.

Between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 7, 2013, Idaho Falls police responded to 188 calls for service to the hotel and bar. Fifty-eight of those calls resulted in an arrest, a citation or a police report of some kind, Hansen said.

In comparison, during that time frame Ford's Bar had 48 calls for service, which resulted in 14 cases.

Karen's Park Avenue Club had 33 calls for service in that time, which resulted in 11 cases.

Those calls for service included charges such as driving under the influence, disturbing the peace, assaults, batteries, open containers of alcohol, selling alcohol to minors, assault on police officers and traffic accidents.

Angie Larson, general manager for the Idaho Falls hotel, declined to comment on the shooting.

Officials from O'Callahan's Lounge, the bar and nightclub within the hotel, also declined to comment.

Wes Raborn, general counsel for the Shilo Inn corporate office in Portland, Ore., said both Mangum and Hernandez were customers of O'Callahan's Lounge, not the hotel.

"We are doing what we can to determine what happened and to see what steps (police) are taking," Raborn said.

Anyone with information about the shooting or Hernandez's whereabouts is asked to contact the IFPD at 529-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 522-1983.

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