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Ariz. strip club shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded

Ariz. strip club shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded

December 28th, 2010 in News

PHOENIX (AP) - A man started shooting inside a strip club, killing two people and wounding two others, including a topless dancer, before patrons wrestled the gunman to the floor, police said Monday.

Gavin MacFarlane, 28, of Scottsdale, opened fire at the Great Alaskan Bush Company shortly before midnight Sunday, but he ran out of ammunition and was tackled, police said.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump said MacFarlane told detectives that he had a "personal agenda" but didn't immediately provide further details about his motive.

Troy Cooley, 34, a security guard at the west Phoenix club, was shot and killed. A club patron, Antonio Garcia, 20, also died. A 22-year-old man and the 20-year-old dancer were wounded.

Witnesses reported that MacFarlane had been inside the bar, went outside to the parking lot, then came back and started shooting. It was unclear what prompted the gunfire.

Amanda Holland, a dancer at the club, said she helped the dancer who was shot in the arm before the gunman fired at a doorman who was trying to protect her.

"One of our doormen got shot because he was starting to defend one of the girls that work there," Holland said.

She said the gunman told the dancer "you're next" when the doorman stood in front of the dancer, and was shot and killed.

Holland said she saw the group of customers tackle the gunman.

"There's like three Marine guys, and like four other guys that chased the guy down I guess and just started jumping him. He (the gunman) kinda got what he deserved," Holland said.

This was the second fatal shooting at a Phoenix strip club over the Christmas weekend.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a shots-fired call at Chi Chis Cabaret in central Phoenix and found a club security guard with multiple gunshot wounds.