|12-09-2004, 07:31 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Former Pantera Guitarist Killed on Stage
Talk about ****ed up people in this world!!!!!!!!!
By JAY COHEN, Associated Press Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A gunman charged onstage at a packed nightclub and opened fire on the band and crowd, killing top heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three other people before a police officer shot him to death, authorities and witnesses said.
Police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio identified three of the victims of Wednesday's shooting as Abbott, who played for the band Damageplan, and two other men, Nathan Bray and Erin Halk.
She identified the gunman as Nathan Gale, 25, of the Marysville area northwest of Columbus. She said there was no information on a motive or if he had any connection to the band.
Damageplan had just begun its first song at Alrosa Villa when the man shot Abbott five or six times at point-blank range, a witness said.
Abbott, 38, one of metal's top guitarists, and his brother, Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, were original members of Grammy-nominated thrash rock pioneers Pantera, a popular metal band in the 1990s.
The witness, 22-year-old Chris Couch, said he was standing about 30 feet from the stage when he saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walk up to the stage, followed by a bouncer and another club employee.
The man in the sweatshirt climbed onto the stage, started yelling and opened fire on the guitarist, then shot a bouncer who pulled him off the musician, Couch said.
Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Mull said that after shooting at band members, the gunman fired into the crowd. Mull said the gunman was shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the shooting began.
"If the officer wasn't as close as he was, I think this would have been a lot worse," Mull said. "It was a chaotic scene, just a horrific scene."
Mercurio said the officer who killed the suspect was patrolling nearby when he heard the call about the shooting. He entered the club through a back door and was directed to the stage, where he saw one person lying dead and the suspect holding onto another person, Mercurio said. The officer shot and killed the suspect.
The name of the fifth person killed was not immediately released. Mercurio said family members were still being notified.
|12-09-2004, 07:39 AM||#3|
Stand for the truth...
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 41.191N, 111.97W
No doubt. Security was obviously flawed.
Every show around here uses metal detectors on every person who enters.
|12-30-2004, 03:00 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: The Backside of the Internet
This is one of those threads that got lost in the time warp.
|01-02-2005, 01:05 PM||#8|
Tebowing the long haul
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: TX, USA
Dime was a good guy. He is known around his hometown as someone everyone knows because he made people feel welcome to his parties.
I sold him music equipment and he never once asked for a discount (a generous gesture on his part because a salesman gets commission off of the margin in MI sales). He was a generous fellow.