DA: Beloit shooting caused by altercation over photobombing

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Andrea Anderson
Monday, December 23, 2013

JANESVILLE — A Sunday morning shooting outside a Beloit bar that left a man with about six gunshot wounds resulted from the suspect hopping into a group picture, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Thamar K. Harper, 29, of Janesville, is charged with the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Marcus D. McKinnis at the Eagles Club parking lot, 302 State Street, Beloit.

Harper opened fire with a handgun at the parking lot at 1:41 a.m. Sunday, after he followed a group of people from inside, according to the criminal complaint.

The group, including McKinnis, was inside attempting to take a group picture when Harper jumped into the frame. A physical fight between people in the picture and Harper broke out inside the bar until security asked them to leave, according to the complaint.

Harper followed McKinnis and at least two other men to their cars, according to the complaint.

When McKinnis and one of the other men entered their vehicle, Harper “reached into his back right pants pocket and removed a small dark colored semi-automatic handgun ... then fired several shots into the driver side” where McKinnis was seated, Polk told Beloit police, according to the complaint.

One police officer saw McKinnis “slumped over” in the driver's seat before McKinnis exited the vehicle and collapsed onto the officer.

McKinnis was transferred from Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center to University Hospital, Madison, where he is in fair condition Monday evening being treated for several gunshot wounds, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Harper is being held at the Rock County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. He is due in court at 3 p.m. Friday.

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