Thursday, December 09, 2004

GIG ENDS IN MURDER: Really nasty news from Columbus, Ohio, where a man walked on stage during the first song of Pantera spin-off Damageplan's set and started firing on the band and the crowd. At least four people were killed and two wounded before a policeman shot and killed the gunman. Chris Couch, who was in the crowd, takes up the story:

The witness, 22-year-old Chris Couch, said he was standing about 30 feet away from the stage when he noticed a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and hockey jersey walk up to the stage, followed by a bouncer and another club employee.

The man in the jersey climbed onto the stage, started yelling and shot the guitarist five or six times at close range, Couch said. He said the gunman also shot a bouncer who pulled him off the musician.

None of the victims have yet been named, but witnesses say that guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot at close range four or five times.