All the people involved had been at Anderson's Bar, a popular drinking establishment along the waterside.
AP Police said that the assailant approached the bar with weapon drawn and began shooting after yelling for someone who was inside, but they have not yet released full details about the scene. Witnesses report that the shooter was a white male, whose actions and shots appeared erratic. The purpose of his spree has yet to be revealed at the time of this interview; however, AP Times Editor Phedre Dumouriez was at the bar in question when the shooting started, and she reported that it seemed the shooter was specifically targetting one person inside in particular.
"There was a woman doing paperwork at the bar who seemed on edge earlier in the evening. Her face was badly cut up and bruised, as though she had been in a fight. She reacted strongly when the assailant first arrived on scene, so there is cause to believe that she knew him or at least had some dealing's with him," said Ms. Dumouriez. "She also seemed very afraid for her life, especially once the man outside started waving his gun around and shooting."
The gun in question was an assault rifle converted to automatic and the attack did sufficient damage to the venue.
Residents from down the street reported hearing the shots. One ((NPC)) Joseph Blowsoftly said he saw the police shoot the man down.
"I was [urinating] in the middle of the park ... and this guy ... he just comes up and starts shooting at this car. He went over to Andersons and I thought he was going to get a drink, but [then] he started tapping that gun on the windows all "Hellooo Clarice". And then [the armed man] started shooting and ... EVERYTHING exploded at once..."
Police arrived on scene and more shots were exchanged. At one point, additional armed individuals were said to have joined the fray, but their identities have not been confirmed.
The man was then taken down by police, and an ambulance quickly took the shooter to the AP Hospital with critical injuries. His name hasn't been released.
Several individuals inside the bar were also injured by wooden splinters and glass, though not critically; Ms. Dumouriez herself was grazed by a bullet on her right wrist. They were treated and released while still on scene.
The APPD is still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Captain Kerri Oakleaf.