3 people gunned down in Alabama nightclub shooting
Saturday, August 11, 2012
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A strip club customer angry over getting kicked out returned to the club with a pistol, killing three people and wounding one, authorities said Friday.
Ryan Clark Petersen, 22, of Enterprise faces three counts of capital murder in the killing of the club owner’s son, an employee and a customer and is charged with one count of attempted murder of another customer, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said Friday.
Hughes said the shooting occurred shortly before midnight Thursday at Teasers in Wicksburg, just west of the Dothan city limits. A sign outside advertises “Cold Beer Hot Women.”
Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd identified the dead as dancer Tiffani Paige Grissett, 31, of Dale County; the owner’s son, Cameron Eubanks, 20, of Wicksburg; and customer Thomas Robins Jr., 59, of Dothan. Wounded was 33-year-old Scotty Russell of Opp.
Byrd said Petersen “made inappropriate advances toward a dancer and was asked to leave the club.”
Eubanks escorted him out. He went to his car, retrieved a pistol, and returned to shoot Eubanks just outside the front door, the coroner said.
Grissett was gunned down in the women’s restroom, and Robins was shot near the back of the club, apparently while trying to help others, he said.
The sheriff said Eubanks’ father lived behind the club, heard the shots and fired three times at Petersen as he tried to get in his car to flee. Petersen was not hit, but he ran into nearby woods, where officers found him hiding about 7 a.m. He had shed his shirt and shoes and was wearing only tan shorts when officers found him and he surrendered.
Officials said Petersen fired nine shots and some of the victims were hit multiple times. He was being held in jail without bond Friday. If convicted of capital murder, he could face a death sentence or life in prison without parole.
Court officials said he did not yet have an attorney. A phone listing for his address in Enterprise no longer worked Friday.
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