Police: Strip club shooter says he fired at random

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on December 28, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 28 at 5:29 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The owner of a Phoenix strip club in which a gunman's rampage Sunday night left two people dead says the suspected gunman had paid for a couple of dances the night of the shooting.

Club owner Damian Hartze says suspect Gavin Macfarlane didn't respond when one of the dancers asked him questions and didn't smile when she tried to joke with him.

According to a court document released Tuesday, Macfarlane of Scottsdale told police he had planned late Sunday's attack and chosen the victims at random.

Authorities say Macfarlane said he knew what he was doing was wrong, but felt compelled to open fire.

Security guard Adam Troy Cooley and club patron Antonio Garcia were killed during the shooting at the Great Alaskan Bush Company. Two people with Garcia were injured and police say Macfarlane physically assaulted a fifth man.

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