Man accused firing shots outside a Huntsville club stopped by security officer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A man is accused of opening fire on a Huntsville night club on Long Avenue, now he's facing charges of menacing and reckless endangerment.

Investigators say a security guard at Club 3208 turned Samuel Williams away after he and another man got in an "altercation."

The female security guard told police Williams went to his vehicle and returned with a semi-automatic rifle. She says he started firing the gun while walking toward the club entrance.

Police say that's when the security guard fired two shots at Williams, hitting him in his leg.

The security guard ran inside to get medical supplies for treatment. She got back outside to find the man had left the scene.

Meanwhile, officers were dispatched to Crestwood Hospital to investigate a gunshot victim. Police say Williams has since been moved to Huntsville Hospital for treatment and has also been arrested.

People showed up to the club last night to see popular southern rapper Lil Boosie perform. The shooting started before the rapper could even get inside.

He took to social media with a video expressing how disappointed he was that this happened at one of his shows.

One of Lil Boosie's bodyguards said the security guard at the club was a hero.

The owner of Club 3208, Nate Boclair IV, issued an exclusive statement to WHNT News 19.

"At 3208, we strive to provide a safe environment for our patrons. To that effort, 3208 hires licensed security guards that can handle situations in a proper and timely manner.
An incident occurred at our venue last evening. Our security guards handled the incident but unfortunately once outside the venue the incident escalated. Since this is an ongoing investigation, all questions should be directed to the Huntsville Police Department.
Our main goal is to continue to strive to provide a safe and clean environment to the Huntsville nightlife scene. We also greatly appreciate the Huntsville Police Department who keeps our establishment and city safe on a daily basis. We look forward to 2019 and an successful New Years Eve event tonight."
The suspect, Samuel Williams, is a convicted felon. In the state of Alabama anyone convicted of a violent crime cannot possess a firearm.
Williams is currently facing charges of reckless endangerment and menacing. HPD expects his charges to be upgraded.
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