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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:00 pm

An apparent argument over a group photo at the Eagles Club led to an Illinois man being shot several times early Sunday morning, according to a criminal complaint from Rock County court.

Thamar Keithern Harper, 29, of Janesville, has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide after police say he shot Marcus McKinnis, 23, in the parking lot near the Eagles Club, 302 State St. Initial Beloit police reports indicated another person was injured in the shooting and was treated on the scene.

According to the criminal complaint on Harper, McKinnis and a group of friends were at the club around 1:41 a.m. on Sunday. As they were trying to take a photo, Harper allegedly attempted to jump into the picture.

A fight broke out and security at the Eagles Club asked them to leave. McKinnis was in the driver’s side of a Ford Explorer when a suspect wearing yellow pants walked up to the window and fired eight to 10 rounds at the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Police were already in the area when they were called to respond to the fight. One officer reported hearing the gun shots from the parking lot, and found the vehicle with McKinnis inside. The driver’s side window was shattered, according to the complaint. Police identified McKinnis from his Illinois driver’s license.

McKinnis had been shot six to seven times in his upper body, and was slumping over when the officer arrived, according to the complaint. Multiple witnesses described Harper as the suspect that shot McKinnis, according to the complaint. Harper was identified as wearing yellow pants and a blue jacket with a light gray stripe on the cuff.

One witness told police after they were kicked out of the Eagles Club they planned to head to another bar. The witness said he was in his vehicle and was waiting to follow McKinnis to the next bar when a subject with yellow pants walked up to McKinnis’ vehicle, pulled out a gun and shot into the driver’s side several times. The witness identified the shooter at Harper, according to the complaint.

Witnesses said the suspect that shot McKinnis had gotten into a white 1997 GMC Yukon. Police removed two males from the vehicle, one of which was identified as Harper. A black case for a pistol was found in the vehicle, but no weapon was found.

McKinnis was transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville by Beloit paramedics. He was later transferred to UW Hospital in Madison for multiple gunshot wounds, according to the complaint. A hospital spokeswoman said McKinnis is listed in fair condition.

Harper has a court date set for Friday.

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  • billtinder posted at 9:40 am on Thu, Jan 2, 2014.

    billtinder Posts: 4764

    Well at least when Mr. Harper reaches prison, he'll be able to brag that he was able to trade away many years of freedom, in exchange for; shooting someone over a picture.

    Now , there's a feat to be proud of.[huh]

  • HandBookHarry posted at 10:01 pm on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

    HandBookHarry Posts: 485

    I suggest people move out of Beloit youth minister. New schools and millions being spent on education will not be enough to save Beloit. High unemployment leads to crime and gang activity.

  • Youthminister posted at 12:42 pm on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

    Youthminister Posts: 7

    death, murder and crime is not a laughing matter. People are dying and killing and many are laughing about it until it happens to a loved one of they themselves get shot,stabbed or beaten. i am praying for this community (every community) but especially the state lions area- it seems that not many care about the safety or well being of others.

  • HandBookHarry posted at 8:48 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    HandBookHarry Posts: 485

    Give me my free emergency room healthcare....CHEESE!

  • FaceTheFacts posted at 4:40 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    FaceTheFacts Posts: 327

    YEAH BUDDY !! Like a simple Cell Phone picture.. Looks like the natives will rile over anything.

    The best part?

    re: Police were already in the area when they were called to respond to the fight. One officer reported hearing the gun shots from the parking lot,

    I would hope so, as I could throw a rock to the Police Department from there [beam]

  • FaceTheFacts posted at 4:24 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    FaceTheFacts Posts: 327

    Growing more like Detroit everyday~~ At least there's new schools, [before all taxpayers are EXTINCT] plenty of free or assisted food to eat 365 days a year, and with the section 8 leaves less homeless or just plain LAZY off the streets and just about any student enrolled can play sports that at least knows his simple ABC's.

    I wonder how many will play hockey or swim?[wink]


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