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Philthy Phil Gets Exclusive Report From Columbus PD on Damageplan Shooting

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 @ 11:33 PM


Philthy Phil Speaks With Colum

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Philthy Phil contacted the Columbus Police Department this evening and spoke with Sgt. Brent Mull, regarding the shocking shootout at a nightclub, Alrosa Villa, in Columbus, OH, where Damageplan were performing, along with the bands Volume Dealer, Position 6 and 12 Gauge. Eyewitnesses have reported to NBC, Associated Press etc. that legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot multiple times on stage and killed. However, Sgt. Mull, at this time, would not confirm that it was indeed Dimebag Darrell that was shot until the next of kin of the five fatally wounded persons that evening were notified.

Sgt. Mull did relay to Philthy Phil that the police department did believe that the band members were specifically targeted. All 200+ patrons at the venue were detained for questioning. The city brought in busses to accommodate the fans until they could be interviewed and released.

Sgt. Mull characterized the scene as one of chaos. When police officers arrived at the venue, they could still smell the gunpowder in the air. Their first impression was that the assailant had been shooting into the crowd. However, eyewitnesses reported a crazed male jumping onstage and shooting at the band at close range. One witness alleged that he watched the gunman shoot guitarist Dimebag Darrell about five times after yelling at him. Reports also acknowledge that another band member was shot, although Sgt. Mull would not confirm this.

The gunman was subdued and shot by a police officer guarding the stage. A total of five persons, including the gunman, are confirmed dead, and two others have been reported as seriously injured.

Thanks to Philthy Phil for getting the exclusive report, and to Sgt. Brent Mull for giving us his time and information. More details as they come in….

(Photo by Gnarly Charlie Steffens/ KNAC.COM - Hollywood, CA 11/04)


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