TUSCALOOSA, Ala., July 18 (UPI) -- The man who injured 17 people at a Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar surrendered to police without incident and faces 18 attempted murder charges, officials said.
Police said Nathan Van Wilkins, 44, was in jail with a $2 million bond, charged with 18 counts of attempted murder after he opened fire on a popular college hangout Tuesday, CNN reported.
Van Wilkins was charged with 17 counts of attempted murder in the bar shooting and another count of attempted murder for a shooting earlier Tuesday in a nearby subdivision, police said.
The man turned himself in at a FedEx store, ABC News reported.
"He walked in and he made eye contact and he said, 'Yep that's me. I'm the one that shot the people in Tuscaloosa by the university,'" the FedEx store employee said.
The employee said he tried to keep the man calm while calling the police.
The mass shooting occurred at the Copper Top bar, near the University of Alabama campus, when Van Wilkins, armed with a military-style assault weapon, fired through the window and then shot at patrons as they tried to escape, CNN said.
As of late Tuesday, four people were in critical condition.
"We believe that it was not a random act. There were people on the sidewalk where he stood for several minutes before firing," Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said during a news conference. "We believe from what we've seen in the video that there was a target inside the bar."
Police were confident Van Wilkins was the shooter "based on some of the things he's told us," Anderson said.
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