MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Police have arrested a man on two capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of rapper Doe B. and another person at an Alabama bar. Six others were also wounded.
Montgomery police said Monday that 25-year-old Jason Quan McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself the previous evening and that he’s being held without bond. Jail records show he faces two counts of capital murder but don’t say whether he has an attorney.
City officials closed the Centennial Bar and Grill after the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Glenn Thomas; and Kimberle Johnson, a 22-year-old Troy University student, were fatally shot early Saturday.
The owner of the bar says she doesn’t plan to reopen the business.
Police say the gunfire happened around 1 a.m. Saturday about a half-mile north of Alabama State University.
Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson, a Troy University student, and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas — an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. — was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead.
DJ Frank White of Montgomery, who managed Doe B.’s career, said the shooting took place at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill in Montgomery and that Doe B. wasn’t performing at the time.
White said the rapper had two young children and a third on the way.
Police said in a statement that officers found six other victims with gunshot wounds. They said all of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Lt. Regina Duckett told The Montgomery Advertiser that those people were listed in stable condition on Saturday morning.
A police statement said the shooting stemmed from a dispute involving the rapper.
Local media carried a statement by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who said the city had decided to shut down the club because it poses “an imminent threat to the public’s safety.”
The owner of the Centennial Bar and Grill, Nicole Bankhead, said Sunday says she doesn’t plan to reopen the business.
Bankhead, told the Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1kSL2X9) that security officers were supposed to check patrons for firearms, and signs posted at the entrances say that weapons are prohibited.
The newspaper reports the bar and its surrounding area have been the scene of multiple shootings in the past seven years.