LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - An Alexander City, Ala. husband and wife are being charged with felony murder of the man’s brother after starting a fight outside a LaGrange nightclub that led to his death.
Just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning, officers were called to Commotions Club on New Franklin Rd. where multiple people had been shot.
Police’s investigation learned that an altercation began inside the club before spilling over into the parking lot.
53-year-old Johnny Perkins was reportedly involved with an altercation with on-site security and was made to leave the club. As he was leaving, he pulled out a handgun and began firing at security guards. The security guards returned Perkins’ fire, striking him and his brother, 47-year-old Steven Perkins, who had been involved in the outside altercation.
As this was taking place, Perkins’ wife, Kristi Perkins, came outside from the club and attacked the manager on duty by hitting her and attempting to bite her, according to police.
Kristi Perkins reportedly then retrieved her own firearm and began firing shots in the direction of the security guard and manager. The shots she fired entered the building, which was heavily occupied.
Rounds fired from Johnny Perkins’ gun struck the security guard as well as a patron and the club DJ.
The security guard was treated and released on scene, but the injured patron and DJ where transported to area hospitals by ambulance and life flight helicopter. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
Johnny and Steven Perkins were also taken to area hospitals for treatment. Steven later passed away from his injuries.
Kristi Perkins was detained on the scene and initially charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Steven Perkins’ death led to those charges being upgraded to felony murder. She is being held in the Troup County Jail.
Police have also obtained warrants to charge Johnny Perkins with felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact LaGrange police at 706 883-2603.