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Published July 17, 2012, 09:35 AM

Gunman fires into crowded Alabama bar, injuring 17

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Witnesses inside a crowded Alabama bar describe a bloody and chaotic scene as a gunman outside opened fire, injuring 17 people.

By: JAY REEVES,Associated Press JEFF MARTIN,Associated Press, Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Witnesses inside a crowded Alabama bar describe a bloody and chaotic scene as a gunman outside opened fire, injuring 17 people.

Elizabeth Walters was inside the Copper Top bar in Tuscaloosa when the shooting started early Tuesday. She said glass and metal fragments were flying everywhere as people ran and crawled to get away.

Police say the gunman fired through a window, then shot people as they ran outside. Police were searching for the shooter.

Hospital spokesman Brad Fisher says most of the injured were hit by bullet fragments or bits of masonry.

He said the two most seriously hurt were in the Intensive Care Unit, one in critical condition and the other in serious condition. Three people were hospitalized in fair condition and 12 more were treated and released.

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