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Shooting Investigated Near Coffeeville

Sheriff Lance Humphreys (kneeling front) and (from left) Deputy Jason Irby,Investigator John Canfield, Deputy Jim Bailey, and Deputy David Wallis collected evidence in the parking lot of the Grand Palace nightclub around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. – Photo by Jack Gurner

A .45 caliber shell casing in the parking lot.

Cataloging evidence found in doorway.

Humphreys discusses evidence and statements from witnesses with deputies.

Photographing bullet hole in door.

A .45 caliber bullet hole in the front door of the club.

By Jack Gurner
Reporter

COFFEEVILLE – An argument in the parking lot of the Grand Palace nightclub resulted in the shooting of five people early Sunday morning.

Three of the wounded were transported by ambulance to the Grenada Lake Medical Center and the fourth and fifth were transported by private vehicles. None of the wounds were life-threatening, according to Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

A female called 911 around 1:30 a.m. and reported a fight in progress at the club about three miles north of Coffeeville of CR 436.

Witnesses reported that a man stepped out of a vehicle and fired several shots toward the building. There are also conflicting reports that someone returned fire. Investigators found eight .45 caliber shells in the parking lot and several 9mm shells near the front door of the club.

Warrants have been issued for Marcus Lavar Hardy, 30, of Coffeeville charging him with four counts of aggravated assault and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling, a business in this case.

According to Sheriff Humphreys, federal authorities have been asked to help with the search for Hardy because he has connections in Memphis and Chicago.

Additional people could be charged in the incident, according to Humphreys.

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