Lancaster man gets up to 87 years for fatal bar shooting

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A city man will serve up to 87 years in prison for killing an innocent bystander and wounding two other people when he opened fire in a bar.

Lamar D. Clark, 30, was sentenced Thursday to 38½ to 87 years for the November 2014 shooting at Shenk’s Café on East Chestnut Street, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.

Clark was convicted by a jury in May of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, and related counts.

Lancaster County Judge James Cullen ordered a maximum 20-to-40-year sentence on the murder charge and consecutive sentences on two aggravated assault charges and a felony firearms charge.

Police said Clark fired five shots while dozens of people were inside Shenk’s Café. Barry Diffenderfer, a 54-year-old man seated at the bar, was fatally shot in the back. A 60-year-old woman was shot in the chest and a 25-year-old man was hit the arm.

Clark then fled to a nearby convenience store, entered a car, and gave his gun to a boy sitting in the backseat. The boy’s mother was inside the store at the time.

At his trial, Clark suggested he fired in self-defense.

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