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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Monday, new video of a shooting in downtown Tuscaloosa after the Alabama homecoming game against Arkansas has surfaced, and CBS 42 has obtained permission to release the shocking footage.
Tamarcus Ikner, 26 is charged with shooting a 28-year-old man outside a popular bar. Ikner’s brother, 37-year-old Kenneth Ikner is charged with assaut.
As a result of the shooting, Tuscaloosa Police are looking to improve safety. A spokesperson for TPD told CBS 42 that more than two dozen officers are already assigned to security detail on game day weekends.
Lt Teena Richardson said TPD will look for ways to change strategies to have more of a visible presence around some of the popular businesses.
The shooting was captured on video from multiple witnesses and security cameras. The images were shocking for people who frequent many of the establishments along the strip.
“When you stand at a bar I don’t think I would ever expect someone to just slowly walk to a car grab a gun and then come back and walk behind someone and shoot them,” said Leslie Levinson, a student at the University of Alabama.
Investigators said the shooting was the result of an ongoing fued over a woman. It’s unclear how the suspect located the victim early Sunday morning.
Police believe Tamarcus Ikner got out of a vehicle to fight with the victim. Witness video appears to show Ikner return to the vehicle to obtain a gun.
“Tamarcus gets out to fight the guy, the victim, and apparently fist fighting is not enough, and I’m not sure why, but he goes back and gets the gun and then shoots him, fortunately the victim chose to run away from the crowd,” said Captain Kip Hart with Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide.
Neighbors say the strip is popular for more than just students, but also visitors and residents.
“On like game days it’s like the older crowd, they are clearly not students, but the strip gets pretty busy and the cops patrol pretty well,” said Levinson.
Most of the people who talked to CBS 42 said the shooting won’t keep them from going out, but they will be more aware of what is going on around them.
“It’s sad to say but I feel like this is something that could happen anywhere at this point and I’ve learned that you can’t let your life change,” said student Allie Bartholomew.
Police said the victim ran from the crowd and believe that could have prevented other people from getting hurt. Investigators were able to catch up to the vehicle the Ikners were in a few minutes after the shooting with help from witness descriptions.
Additional charges are possible depending on the outcome of the investigation.