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.