APNewBreak: Witness says Ala rampage included slur

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This booking photograph released by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department shows Nathan Van Wilkins, 44, who was charged in an early morning shooting that left 17 people injured in a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Police said Wilkins was charged initially with one count of attempted murder, but other charges will be filed. (AP Photo/Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The roommate of a man wounded in an Alabama shooting rampage says the gunman came to their door looking for a black man, uttered a racial slur and opened fire.

Brian Felton lives at the house where authorities say Nathan Van Wilkins wounded his first victim before shooting into a nearby bar. In all, 18 people were wounded.

Felton says a man he lives with, who is white, answered the door Monday and the gunman asked for another roommate, who's black.

Felton says he heard the gunfire and found the white roommate wounded. Later, his injured roommate told him the gunman had used a racial epithet.

Felton says his black roommate wasn't home and had been at the bar where the later shooting happened.

A detective for the sheriff's department says that they haven't gotten concrete information to show there were racial motives behind the shooting.

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