A Walker County man who shot up a bingo hall Saturday night while robbing the place was shot and killed by a security guard, according to the Walker County sheriff.
William G. Cantrell Jr., 43, was declared dead at the scene after he was shot multiple times by a security guard at It’s Your Lucky Day Charity Bingo hall at 20 Pineywoods-Sipsey Road, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said.
According to Tirey, Cantrell entered through the front door around 11 p.m., fired his shotgun into the ceiling and hollered: “This is a robbery. Everybody get out of here.” As he headed toward the cashiers’ cages, Cantrell fired more shots at the ceiling, then fired at a cashier’s cage and a safe, Tirey said. As two security guards approached, Cantrell turned his gun toward them and one of the guards shot him multiple times, the sheriff said.
Security cameras captured much of the scene, Tirey said. Authorities also interviewed about 40 to 45 witnesses, he said.
“It is a regretable situation,” Tirey said. “We’re very fortunate we didn’t have a lot of injuries. The potential was there.”
Tirey said Cantrell drove a vehicle to the bingo hall that he took at gunpoint around 8:40 p.m. Saturday night from a Jasper business.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. June 29 2008 A plane went down and crashed just after take-off from the Walker County airport on Sunday morning, killing Jasper car dealer Bobby Crump, his wife, son and a fourth passenger.
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed that the plane crashed shortly after take-off from the airport. The family reportedly was bound for Gulf Shores on the Alabama coast when the plane went down about 7:55 a.m. in a wooded area not far from the airport.
The victims are identified as Bobby Crump, Jan Crump, and Matthew Crump, a student at the University of Alabama. The name of a fourth passenger, a woman who was a family friend, was not immediately released.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airplane was a four-seat, twin-engine Beechcraft BE-55, registered to Crump Nissan Inc. in Jasper. FAA records show Bobby Crump has a pilot’s license.
The authorities are not releasing further details of the crash but did say that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have sent investigators to the scene.
Crump owned an auto dealership, but sold it several years ago according to public records.