PHOENIX (CBS/KPHO/AP) Gavin MacFarlane, the Scottsdale man accused of fatally shooting two people at a Phoenix strip club, told police he planned the attack but chose his victims at random, according to a court document released Tuesday.
Bond was set at $2 million for MacFarlane, 28, by Judge Charles Donofrio III on Sunday. MacFarlane's next scheduled court date is Jan. 3 for a status conference in Maricopa County Superior Court.
MacFarlane told police he entered the Great Alaskan Bush Company strip club shortly before midnight Sunday with the intention of shooting the first people he came in contact with as part of a plan, according to a probable cause statement released by Maricopa County Superior Court and obtained by Phoenix police.
Police said MacFarlane admitted he had been inside the bar as a patron, then decided to grab a handgun from his car in the parking lot, returned and started shooting just inside the club's entryway.
Troy Cooley, a security guard at the west Phoenix club, was shot and killed, police said. A club patron, Antonio Garcia also died. A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were wounded.
"He said the victims were not specifically targeted, but rather were
randomly targeted," police wrote.
Cooley was working the door and the other victims were in the process of paying for their entry when MacFarlane began shooting, according to the statement.
According to the statement, MacFarlane continued into the club, where he was approached by another man. The statement said MacFarlane pointed the gun at the man, realized he was out of ammunition, struck the man with the gun, set the gun aside and continued to punch the man until he was subdued by patrons and staff.
Police said MacFarlane told them that he might have continued shooting had he not run out of ammunition.
Police said they recovered a .38-caliber handgun from the scene.
MacFarlane acknowledged to police that what he did was wrong, but told investigators he felt compelled to commit the attack, the statement showed. There was still no clear motive for the attack, according to the statement.