DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A county coroner in southeast Alabama says three people have been killed in a nightclub shooting. Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd tells The Associated Press the three were shot late Thursday night at Teaser’s, a nightclub outside Dothan.
Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez tells The Dothan Eagle a suspect was in custody Friday morning. Byrd says the victims were shot with a handgun, and that they were struck mostly in the abdomen and chest areas. He said the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. after some type of dispute among patrons at the club. The nightclub, in the Wicksburg community just west of Dothan, is about 100 miles southeast of Montgomery. Few other details were immediately available Friday morning.
UPDATED @ 5:25 PM With Video Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes Speaks About Triple Murder At Teaser’s
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 10 2012 4:11 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: After being out since before midnight, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes held a press conference this morning at 11 AM concerning the triple murder at Teaser’s on Highway 84 West at Wicksburg.
Sheriff Hughes said about 11:30 AM a man was removed from Teaser’s. The man returned with a Glock handgun shooting 20 year old Cameron Paul Eubanks. Eubanks worked the door and his father owned Teaser’s.
Following the shooting of Eubanks, the suspect continued in a shooting spree, firing 9 shots and striking a total of four (4) people, killing three of them.
Sheriff Hughes said the suspect killed Eubanks, Tiffany Paige Grissett, age 31 of Dale County, and Thomas B. “Rocky” Robins, Jr. of Dothan. Some will know Robins who worked in the medical community in nursing and ambulance in his younger years.
Sheriff Hughes said 33 year old Scotty Russell of Opp was shot in the arm.
Sheriff Hughes said the owner of Teaser’s lives behind the business. The owner, Paul Eubanks, was asleep and heard the gunfire. As he came from the rear of the building he spotted a white male suspect attempting to get into a vehicle. Eubanks fired three shots and the suspect fled.
After the confrontation with the suspect, Mr. Eubanks entered the building and found his son who had been shot four times.
Multiple Houston County Sheriff Deputies, Wicksburg and Pilcher’s Ambulance, Dothan Police, Dale County Sheriff Deputies and Enterprise Police Officers responded and assisted in the investigation. The area was surrounded and man hunt on land and in the air started.
After daybreak Deputies were able to locate some clothes the suspect apparently had shed. Houston County Sheriff K-9 were placed on the clothes and as they tracked and got near the suspect he got up and surrendered without further incident.
The suspect, 22 year old Ryan Clark Petersen of Enterprise, was taken into custody around 7:00 AM and transported to the Houston County Sheriff Office Investigation Division. There investigators questioned Petersen about the incident during the night. The Sheriff did not disclose what Petersen said.
Sheriff Hughes said Petersen’s criminal history included only misdemeanor offenses. Hughes said Peterson is charged with three counts of Capital Murder and one count of Attempted Murder. The Capital Murder offenses are death penalty offenses.
At 1:30 PM this afternoon Houston County District Court Judge Benjamin Lewis held Petersen’s first appearance. Petersen appeared before Judge Lewis via video from the Houston County Jail. He as advised that he faced three death penalty cases and the attempted murder case. Judge Lewis instructed Petersen as to his rights.
When Petersen was asked if he planned on hiring his own attorney he responded if he would take the case he did plan to hire his own attorney.
Judge Lewis instructed Petersen he was held with no bail. If the defendant can not hire an attorney Judge Lewis instructed Petersen he needed to notify the court in order for the court to appoint an attorney.
Sheriff Hughes praised the work of all members of the Houston County Sheriff Department and other agencies involved. Hughes said the Criminal Investigation Unit and special response team did a great job as did all deputies, communications officers and all involved. More than 30 deputies were involved in the operation and manhunt.
Sheriff Hughes went on to comment about gun control. He is opposed to gun control and said this crime was one that is hard to prevent. Crimes like this, people commit and they are hard to prevent. Hughes believes people need to have the right to bear arms and protect themselves.
In fact, Sheriff Hughes said the actions of Teaser’s owner in confronting the shooter suspect prevented him from leaving and made him abandon his vehicle and remain in the area.
Sheriff Deputies continue to conduct their investigation.
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