Best Hard News Feature--Copper Top Shooting
The Tuscaloosa entertainment district of Timmerson Square erupted in gunfire the early morning of July 17th. Witnesses told police that a gunman, armed with a military assault rifle, started shooting into the Copper Top Bar, a popular night spot for students of the University of Alabama. APR’s Maggie Martin followed the manhunt for the suspect and the effort to treat the seventeen victims, three in critical condition, who were taken to DCH Regional Medical Center, with SWAT officers posted outside. Police arrested suspect Nathan Van Wilkins in the town of Jasper barely twelve hours after the shooting.