Motive Revealed In Opp Club Shooting


By Amanda Wade

New developments are revealed in the investigation into a shooting at a club in Opp that left one man dead, several others hurt, and a family grieving.

Opp's police chief revealed details about the motive in Sunday's shooting at the Little Harlem Night Club, and the father of the 20 year old man who was killed speaks about about violence. 
Police Chief Mike McDonald says Kanavis Cole confessed to the shooting at the club on Hardin Street. They say they believe the shooting stemmed from a fight between Cole and James Edwards. Edwards was hospitalized for gunshot wounds to his shoulder and neck. They now believe two people suffered gunshot wounds instead of five,including Demetrice Hines, who died from his injuries, "It is extremely hard to lose a child. Especially unexpectedly," says Demetrice Hines, Sr., father of Demetrice Hines. 
Police say the other three people were hurt scrambling to leave the club. Police chief Mike McDonald spoke about the emotional state of Cole, "I frankly didn't see any remorse. I did not see any remorse myself. I'm not a psychologist, but I didn't see any remorse, no."
Police also say this is not the first homicide in or near the club; it is the third. District Attorney Walt Merrell says this is also the third violence crime at the club he will have prosecuted, "The last one that I prosecuted was a couple of years ago and a young man got his throat cut inside the club, and he survived."
Police say the gun has not been recovered, but it was a small automatic pistol. Cole is in the Covington County Jail held on 1.5 million dollars bond.
Officials are not anticipating any other arrests. 
Police are still investigating this case, if you have any information you are asked to call the Opp Police Department at 334-493-4511.
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