tuscaloosa, ala., shooting suspect nathan van wilkins turns self in

by:Runcheng Chuangzhan     2019-09-26
(AP)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Earlier on Tuesday, a gunman stood outside a crowded downtown bar, shooting from two different locations, and in a chaotic and bloody scene, let customers run or crawl for cover.
Around the nightclub, bullets bounced, pieces of glass and bricks fell and at least 17 people were injured.
Nathan Van Wilkins, 44, surrendered about 10 hours after 12: 30. m.
Police say the shooting took place near the University of Alabama campus.
Police said the atrocity began about 45 minutes ago, a few miles away, when Wilkins knocked on the door and waited for a man to answer.
Then he shot and wounded the man.
CBS News polls show controversial police videos showing Hong Kong protesters Wilkins also suspected of having equipment owned by their former employer, an oil and gas company, or
The police did not determine the motive.
They are investigating whether the shooting came from a dispute between rival motorcycle gangs.
There are signs that Wilkins\'s life is falling apart.
He divorced his 16-year-old wife, about 2005, and last year a credit union tried to decorate the salary with the salary at that time --
The employer of Capstone Oilfield Services charged more than $15,000 in debt, but was unable to recover because he declared bankruptcy. And the co-
The owner of the FedEx store where Wilkins surrendered said Wilkins talked about drug use in the shooting.
Gunmen opened fire in Tuscaloosa, and 17 injured police responded to the shooting in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
July 17, 2012 early Tuesday morning of bar.
On Tuesday, blood was seen outside the copper roof bar in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Before the staff cleaned up the mess, bloody footprints of about two blocks could be seen on the sidewalk.
\"There was a spark coming out of the ground and then I felt a sting and I knew I was hit,\" Rachel Studdard said . \" He sat on the terrace of the bar with a group of friends and enjoyed 50-
At the beginning of the shooting, the draft beer was very special.
One bullet hit Studdard\'s toe and the pieces hit her side and legs.
She walked on crutches on Tuesday and had dry blood on her legs.
Elizabeth Walters was inside when the shooting started.
She described a terrible scene where people grabbed the wound when blood splashed onto the floor.
\"It sounds like it will never end,\" Walters said . \".
\"There was an interval, and then it started again.
\"After the two shots, the music in the bar continued to play for a few minutes until someone turned it off.
Steve Anderson, chief of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said Wilkins was charged with 18 attempted murders and was held on a $2 million deposit.
It is not clear whether he has a lawyer.
A lawyer representing Wilkins in the bankruptcy case did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Brad Fisher, spokesman for the DCH Regional Medical Center, said most of the injured in the bar were hit by bullet fragments or debris and they were treated and released.
Two people were in intensive care units, one of whom was in critical condition.
At least three of the injured were college students.
It looks like gunfire was fired through the double French doors in front and the glass of a door on the side of the building.
On Tuesday, the front door was covered with black material, two windows were missing from the wooden door of the side door, and the bullet left a hole in the door frame.
Police said that after the shooting, Wilkins left the bar and walked along the same street where he was hiking.
About 10: 30. m.
Wilkins walks into a FedEx store in Jasper, about 45 miles (72 kilometers)
North of the shooting.
\"He came up and said to me, \'I am the one they are looking for in Tuscaloosa to shoot 17 people,\' colleague from the store
Said Ken Barfield.
Barfield said that despite his fear, he talked to the man and gave him something to drink.
Barfield said the man had no signs of drug use, but said he had been using drugs at the time of the bar shooting.
\"I told him to put his hand outside so the police could see them when they got here,\" Barfield said . \". At about 3 a. m.
Volunteer Fire Chief Billy Garner said he received a call about two different peak oil field fires in Brookwood, who is on his way from Tuscaloosa to Jasper.
One of the fires damaged a Capstone building and two adjacent buildings.
Ghana said the other was placed in a yard where vertex cars and equipment were stored.
A capstone vehicle was also lit in North Harbor, he said.
Capstone staff declined to disclose.
It\'s not clear whether Wilkins resigned or was fired.
According to the records of the Tuscaloosa County Court, Wilkins\'s wife, Amy, filed a divorce on July 2004, 16 years after her marriage.
She claimed to have been beaten and Wilkins threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her.
They have two children, and the judge ordered him to pay $1,300 per month in the divorce decree of March 2005.
Wilkins has a record of arrests and legal scratches in Tuscaloosa County.
1980, but not related to violent crime.
He was acquitted on robbery charges in 1988, but admitted to burglary in 1989 and was suspended.
On 2003, Wilkins pleaded guilty to the offence of trespassing in private places and was suspended.
Court records show that when Wilkins filed for bankruptcy, he listed assets of $10,910 and debts of $25,039, including credit union debts.
The hearing on the bankruptcy case is scheduled for August.
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