One of three men accused of firing shots July 4 at Club Fetish pleaded not guilty Friday to an aggravated assault charge during a Recorder’s Court hearing.
Ricardo Williams, 30, of Fort Mitchell, Ala., was ordered held on a $50,000 bond after the 2 p.m. hearing before Judge Mary Buckner. He joins Dennis Brown, 27, and Dontavis Matthews, 26, to face charges in the 2 a.m. shooting at 4504 Armour Road. Authorities are still looking for a fourth suspect.
Police Detective Delante Odom told the court that four men entered the club that night but were asked to leave after another establishment contacted the club and indicated they may be at the club to rob the place. The men left the club , entered a Chevy Cobalt and drove it around to the back of the parking lot. Pulled from the vehicle were a shotgun, AR 15 and another gun. One was heard stating , “We had big guns now.”
In the parking lot, the men opened fire on the club at the door way where bouncers were on duty before they fled back inside. Odom said a 2003 Cadillac and 2010 Nissan Altima were damaged and bullets went through walls inside the club, damaging a television. The bullets created sparks and a ball of smoke throughout the building. “Smoke was everywhere,” he said.
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During the investigation, witnesses at the club identified three of the men as frequent patrons. Some witnesses refused to appear at the hearing for fear of their safety.
No one was struck during the gunfire. People who were outside ran toward Armour Road while others ran inside the club.
Odom said none of the weapons used in the shooting have been recovered. Williams told police that he wasn’t involved in the shooting.