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Tuscaloosa Shooting Victims Improving

By: Chris Pow, al.com
By: Chris Pow, al.com

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The five victims hospitalized for injuries in the Copper Top bar on Tuesday are improving, authorities said today. A total of 17 people were injured in the melee.

One person is in serious condition, two are in fair condition and two are in good condition in DCH Regional Medical Center, DCH spokesman Brad Fisher said this morning.

The two patients in good condition could be released from the hospital today.

Fisher said the DCH Regional Medical Center was able to "flex up" to treat the 17 victims transported to the hospital from Copper Top.

"It's rare that you would have as many as 17 coming in at once unless it's a tornado or bus wreck," Fisher said "But our staff was well-equipped to handle it."

The emergency room wasn't especially busy that evening, and some nurses and emergency department were called in from home to help treat victims.

When the call first came in, there were concerns that victims were struck by bullets in the torso and head. DCH officials called to have helicopters in Birmingham on standby.

"That would have been hard to deal with especially," Fisher said.

Most of the injuries were far less severe, and 12 people were released in the hours following the shooting.

Meanwhile, the city of Tuscaloosa is taking up a review of current security and safety policies in the wake of the shooting.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that city officials will examine safety procedures as they begin to consideration of a proposal to establish entertainment districts with relaxed open container laws in certain parts of the city.

A 27-member committee consisting of city officials and business owners formed by the City Council's Public Safety Committee had already been set to take up the issue and began its work on Tuesday, according to the report.

Temerson Square, where the shooting took place, has been mentioned as an area where the city could place an entertainment district, along with the Strip on University Boulevard. A new state law allows Tuscaloosa to create up to two districts up to one-half square mile each in an area with no fewer than four establishments with a retail liquor license.

Senior Associate City Attorney Jimbo Woodson has said the ad hoc committee will begin studying proposed entertainment districts and will set boundaries and make rules that will govern how the districts will operate.


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