An altercation Saturday night at a north Lawrence bar allegedly led to an early morning shooting Sunday that sent a Lawrence couple to the hospital.
Royce Garner, 24, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after being shot four times in the legs, Lawrence Police Lt. Dan Affalter said. Garner's girlfriend, Carmen Turner, who Affalter said was in her early 20s, was shot once in the hand.
The motive for the shooting appears to have stemmed from a fight earlier in the evening at Los Amigos, 508 W. Locust, Affalter said.
"There had been a fight," he said. "Evidently, this was a continuation of that."
Garner and Turner were not involved in the fight, Affalter said, but people associated with Garner were.
The shooting took place at Turner's apartment in the 2900 block of West 15th Street. The suspects went there looking for Garner, who doesn't live there. They knocked on the door and asked for Garner, Affalter said, and then they just walked in.
"The people that showed up knew the woman to be this guy's girlfriend and went there looking for him," Affalter said. "He just happened to show up after they arrived."
Witnesses heard gunshots and saw four men leave the area in a dark-colored sedan, Affalter said. Police later found the vehicle unoccupied in North Lawrence. Affalter said the vehicle was tied to one person involved in the bar fight and that detectives were attempting to identify the four suspects.
"There are people we know we need to interview in reference to the earlier disturbance," Affalter said.
The hospital would not release Garner's condition Sunday evening, but Affalter said his injuries had not been life-threatening. Turner was treated and released Sunday morning.
The investigation continues, Affalter said, and more information will be available at a 9:30 a.m. media briefing today.