Quiet night ends with gun shots, fights, Alabama football player in hospital

"The Strip" as seen Thursday afternoon.

Take a read over today’s print edition story about the incident that sent two people to the hospital including an Alabama football player.

TUSCALOOSA — It was just an ordinary night when manager Jeff Sides closed Egans Bar near the University of Alabama.

But then two incidents just after 2 a.m. Thursday outside the small bar located on The Strip sent Alabama football player DeAndrew White and another man to the hospital with head injuries.

Two other men were arrested for discharging firearms into the air, but neither injury was related to the gunshots.

The incidents occurred the morning the Crimson Tide football team left for Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama in celebration of the team’s national championship.

White, 20, was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center with a concussion resulting from a fight. He remained hospitalized early Thursday afternoon, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Cmdr. Loyd Baker.

A second, unidentified 31-year old man received a “severe head injury” when a second incident began on the perimeter of the initial fight.

Baker said police have surveillance video from local businesses and are confident the footage will identify suspects in both incidents.

He said the second incident was distinct from the first. “You can see there are some people in the crowd who are still kind of ramped up and angry about what’s happened to the man (White) who is lying on the pavement,” Baker said.

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