Injured in Tuscaloosa Shooting Improving

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A hospital spokesman says the patients hospitalized after a mass shooting at a Tuscaloosa bar are
improving, and that two of them will likely be released soon.

DCH Regional Medical Center spokesman Brad Fisher said Wednesday morning that one patient was in serious condition, and remained in
the hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Two others are now in fair condition.

Fisher said the remaining two patients are in good
condition and would likely be discharged by Wednesday night.

The five patients are among 17 people hurt by either gunshots or debris when a gunman opened fire outside the Copper Top bar in Tuscaloosa early Tuesday morning.

Police have charged 44-year-old Nathan Van Wilkins with multiple counts of attempted murder.

An assistant police chief in Brookwood, Ala., says Wilkins had been fired from his job after a fistfight with a co-worker.

Jimmy Sellers says that Wilkins told police in April he was angry about his firing and that he was pressing assault charges against the other man.

It's not clear what role the firing from Capstone Oilfield may have played in the shootings early Tuesday that wounded 17 people.

Sellers says he's not aware of any connection between the shooting victims and the company. But Sellers had many stresses in his life that include a divorce and a bankruptcy filing.

Wilkins is also suspected of setting three fires to equipment or property owned by Capstone.

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