Man shot in parking lot of Hamilton bar identified

HAMILTON, Ohio - A man killed outside a local bar early Friday morning in Hamilton has been identified by local authorities.

Donnell Holland, 44, of Hamilton, was found dead at approximately 1:45 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Grub Pub & Patio on Hancock Avenue in Hamilton. He suffered a fatal gunshot wound, according to the Hamilton police report.

Police told 9 On Your Side they have finished their preliminary investigation and cleared the scene at approximately 9 a.m. Friday.

Damon Pugh, Holland's younger brother, told 9 On Your Side that his brother was working security at the Elks Pure Gold Lodge on Front Street Saturday night.

"He was breaking up a fight and the gentleman who he separated from the other person got upset with him because he broke it up," said Pugh.

"He swung and hit my brother and he hit him back and one thing led to another and they shut it down. My brother, instead of going home, stopped at the Grub Pub and that gentleman happened to be there," said Pugh.

Police are not releasing any information on a possible suspect at this time.

A man who didn't want to be identified saw the fight at the Elks and was headed to the Grub Pub, himself, when he heard four shots.

Police have not released how many times Holland was shot.

According to his brother, Holland was well known in Hamilton and was involved in youth sports and his church. Holland leaves behind eight children.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamilton Police Investigations Section at 868-5811 Ext. 2002.

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