TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa man has died days after he sustained injuries during a fight at a Tuscaloosa bar.
According to court documents filed Sept. 4, a 26-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face by Ryan Patrick Gunning, 23, at the Filling Station in Temerson Square at 3 a.m. Aug. 31. The victim was reportedly knocked unconscious and was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center.
“Investigators interviewed witnesses and one stated Gunning punched the victim and the victim never seen it coming,” the document stated. “Victim status is life-threatening.”
No information was provided about what led up to the victim being hit at the Filling Station.
Local news outlets reported Wednesday that the victim had passed away. Comments on his Facebook account confirmed the death and that it happened sometime Tuesday.
However, law enforcement has yet to confirm the victim’s death. On Wednesday, Lt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on the case.
“VCU (Violent Crimes Unit) is aware and monitoring the victim’s medical condition from the assault from 8.31.19 that occurred at the ‘Filling Station’ located in Temerson Square. Due to legal technicalities, any changes or upgrades of any charges in this case cannot be made at present. An information release will be made to the media when investigation is finalized. We anticipate this to possibly be a few days from now. Thank you for the continued respect and privacy for the victim’s family at this time.”
Gunning was arrested the night of the fight and was charged with third-degree assault at the time. Later that day, he bonded out from the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
There has been no word on what charges, if any, Gunning could face in light of the victim’s death.