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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A hearing set by the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board will determine the fate of a Huntsville bar with a violent past.

The Benchwarmer's liquor license has already been suspended by the police chief after five people were shot inside the bar over the weekend.

The owner voluntarily surrendered his license and is cooperating with police, but per Alabama state law, the owner can appeal the decision. He has 15 days to do so.

Regardless, a liquor control board officer said there is the potential for the owner to get his license back. The parameters for that are made by the board on a case-by-case basis.

Police checks of businesses happen at random, however, high traffic areas and businesses that have had issues or problems in the past are checked more frequently. During those checks, police look for things like a copy of the liquor license, a "person in charge" who is over 21 years of age and whether minors or in the bar.

Minors were in Benchwarmers the night of the shooting, including the 15-year-old who pulled the trigger.

Psychologist Frankie Preston isn't really shocked by the shooting. Unfortunately, he said, he sees it all too often. He said most of the time, the child doesn't have a strong support system at home and looks to bad groups of people for attention.

It will be up to police to determine whether this was a random or planned attack, but Preston said that makes a big diference when it comes to treatment for the child. Police said Monday the 15-year-old does have a criminal past. Preston said the famous saying is probably true here - future behavior is best predicted by past behavior.

"When you see a criminal rap sheet and someone who has escalated his behavior, the chances are greater that they are going to continue to escalate rather than stop. It is very difficult to disrupt that type of criminal pattern," said Preston.

Preston said his best advice to parents is to be proactive. Be observant and look for signs of trouble before something happens. Note what kinds of activities they engage in, whether drugs are involved, and particularly if they are prone to or enthusiastic regarding violence and violent activity.

The 15-year-old accused in the shooting is at the juvenile detention center. Police are continuing to investigate.

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