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17 Hurt in Tuscaloosa Bar Shooting

Posted by Steve Rogers | July 17, 2012 / 07:46am | Top Story, Local News, Crime
From the Tuscaloosa News and Wire Reports
TUSCALOOSA -- At least 17 people were confirmed wounded, four critically, when a gunman opened fire in Temerson Square early Tuesday.

As of 3:30 a.m., no deaths had been reported and the gunman had not been apprehended, according to a source close to the investigation. The source said the events leading up to the bloodshed may have started in Northport and continued into the area of Fourth Street and 23rd Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Police have called a news conference for 10 a.m. today to provide updates on the case and the search for the suspect.
A hospital spokesman said 17 people were being treated early Tuesday but was not sure if all of them were injured by gunfire. Two of them were admitted for critical care.

City police Sgt. Brent Blankley tells The Associated Press that "multiple people were shot" at the Copper Top bar around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Blankley said no arrests had been made. But surveillance video released by police showed a man described as a suspect. He is seen from the back as he walks down a sidewalk with what appears to be a gun in one hand.

The gunman fired into the Copper Top bar, which sits on the corner of Fourth Street and 23rd Avenue. The damage appeared to be confined to Copper Top.

Police could not comment on the size of the crowd at the bar, but Riley Dunn, a University of Alabama senior who was injured in the shooting, estimated that there were between 80 and 90 people.

"We were all just shooting pool and hanging out," said Dunn, whose leg was bandaged from what he described as a shrapnel-like wound. "It was kind of loud from the music, but we heard the gun shot and no one really knew what to think. The first gunshot took place, then about 20 seconds later then that's when he really started firing them off. After that everyone really scattered."

Justin McDaniel, who was at the scene with his wife Heather and Dunn said there were trails of blood in the area around Copper Top. And while McDaniel's wasn't injured, his shirt has large splotches of other people's blood from running through the bar.

A large showing of the Tuscaloosa Police force descended upon the area soon after reports of the shooting were made. Downtown Tuscaloosa was placed on lockdown, but some officers began clearing out at approximately 2 a.m.

The Tuscaloosa Police alerted the public to the violence at about 1:30 a.m. via its official Twitter feed and asked the public for help on locating the suspect.

No information was immediately available on the identity of the shooter, what the motive for the shooting may have been or whether anyone specific was targeted.

Anyone with information was asked to call 205-349-2121.
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