East Peoria Shooting: Off-Duty FBI Agent's Heroism

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East Peoria Police are praising an unnamed, off-duty FBI agent who shot and killed a man after he opened fire in an East Peoria bar Saturday night, killing three.

"We hate to think of what the possibilities could have been had the agent not been there and not been able to take the action that he did.” said the East Peoria Police Chief Dick Ganschow. "He was helping to secure the scene when our officers first arrived. And they are familiar with him."

It is not completely known what sparked the shooting at the Fifth Quarter bar in Peoria, Illinois, although speculation rests on a domestic dispute.

"We believe it was an domestic issue involving an ex-husband and an ex-wife and the boyfriend of the ex-wife,” said Ganschow. “After just a brief moment inside the bar, he pulled out a weapon and shot a female and a male.”

The bar was packed Saturday with more than 100 people attending a class reunion at the bar when 40-year-old Jason Moore walked into the bar and shot his ex-wife, Lori Moore, and her boyfriend, Lance Griffel.

"I think he felt it was a broken marriage gone terribly wrong in this subject's mind," said the police chief of the shooter.

Ganschow says there are many questions still left unanswered.

"There's an element we want to know and that is why this happened and what if anything could have been done to prevent this from happening," he said.

Fifth Quarter is currently closed while state officials and the FBI help East Peoria Police investigate. It is unclear when the sports bar will reopen.

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