2 men in custody after shooting outside Alabama bar

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Two men are accused of opening fire at an Alabama bar early Saturday, injuring five people, authorities said.

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Joshua Marquese Coston, 23, and Joe Nathan Brothers Jr., 22, were charged in connection with the shooting after an altercation at Roxy’s Bar in Tuscaloosa, WIAT reported. The men each face counts of attempted murder, one count of shooting into an occupied building, three counts of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and three counts of shooting into an unoccupied building, AL.com reported. Bail for each man was set at $360,000, the website reported.

According to Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Taylor, shots were fired in the Temerson Square area of downtown Tuscaloosa at 2:47 a.m. Saturday. According to police, Brothers and Coston began shooting at a group of people with whom they had been involved in an altercation earlier in the night outside the bar, WBRC reported. Individuals returned fire and Coston was hit with a bullet, the television station reported.

In 2016, Coston was arrested on a capital murder charge, but it was dismissed for lack of evidence, AL.com reported.

In 2012, a shooting in Temerson Square left at least 17 people wounded when a man opened fire at Copper Top Bar, according to AL.com.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox released a statement on Twitter, tweeting that Coston and Brothers should be held accountable.

“In addition,” Maddox wrote, “we will be reaching out to the business owners and landlords in the area to see what we can do to work together to reduce the conditions that led to this disturbing situation.”