17 People Injured in Tuscaloosa Bar Shooting

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Seventeen people were injured at a Tuscaloosa bar early Tuesday morning because of a shooting.  The suspect is now in custody.

The man surrendered to police on Tuesday in Jasper.

According to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson, one victim is in “very critical” condition and three others are in critical condition.

Anderson said approximately 11 shots were fired.  However, it’s unclear how many of the 17 people were wounded by gunfire.

Three students were injured, but two were treated and released from the hospital, and one is being held for observation.

Several law enforcement agencies are working on the case.  Chief Anderson said the suspect carried a military-style assault weapon.

Surveillance photos of suspect in Tuscaloosa bar shooting (Tuscaloosa Police Department)

The shooting happened at the Copper Top, which is downtown on 4th Street in an area known as Temerson Square. It is about a mile from the University of Alabama campus, and is a popular hangout for college students.

Police believe the man was targeting an individual inside the bar.  The shooter fired his weapon from outside the bar.

Police say they are still investigating several angles of the case, including the motive for the shooting.  They are also investigating a shooting hat happened earlier Monday evening in Northport to see if it may be connected.  

A witness told Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT that the bar was holding a weekly pool tournament, and was packed.

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