Suspect in Custody

July 17, 2012 - 1:43am

Downtown Shooting

UPDATE - 12:23 P.M.



UPDATE - 11:39 A.M., 7/17/12:




TUSCALOOSA (WVUA) -- WVUA has a crew on the scene of an apparent shooting in Temerson Square in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

     Witnesses say multiple victims were injured and taken to DCH Regional Medical Center. The apparent shooting happened near the corner of 4th St and 23rd Ave.

     Our crew is working to confirm details through the Tuscaloosa Police Department, a press conference is planned for 10am. There will be no new information released until that time.

     According to bar 1831's Twitter no one was injured at their establishment. Witnesses however have told us they did see injured people inside of Copper Top.

     At this time Tuscaloosa Police are still searching for a suspect. If you have information on suspects please call 349-2121.

     WVUA will continue to follow this developing story and bring you the very latest as it becomes available.

Update: Tuesday, July 17, 2012  3:03 a.m.


Police believe a man who fired into a crowded bar was targeting someone, and authorities are looking into whether the rampage was connected to an earlier shooting.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said at least 17 people were hit by gunfire at the Copper Top bar in Temerson Square, which is in Downtown Tuscaloosa. 

One person was also wounded in the earlier shooting at a home in Northport. That shooting occurred about 45 minutes before the 12:30 a.m. Tuesday shooting at the Copper Top bar.

Police say the shooter used a military-style assault weapon to unload bursts of gunfire on the crowd at the bar.  Surveillance video shows him walking up to the bar, carrying a gun.  Police say he also left on foot.  At last update, police say one person is hospitalized in very critical condition and three more are in critical condition.  Police say three of the 17 people shot were University of Alabama students.

If you have any information on the suspect, Tuscaloosa Police ask you to call them at (205) 349-2121.  You can also make a confidential call to Crime Stoppers at (205) 752-STOP.

Stay with WVUA-TV throughout the day Tuesday for the latest developments on the case.  We'll bring you live reports and continuing coverage in all editions of WVUA News.

Police say a suspect in this morning's Downtown Tuscaloosa mass shooting has been taken into custody. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. this afternoon.  Join WVUA-TV for live coverage of the press conference.

Police say more than a dozen people were wounded early Tuesday when the gunman opened fire at the bar. Police were also investigating whether the bar rampage was connected to a shooting about 45 minutes earlier at a home a couple of miles away. One person was wounded in that shooting.