Police make arrest after two die in shooting outside of O’Charley’s

UPDATE:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Police Department arrested Terry A. Stice II, 44, of Bowling Green, in connection with last night’s shooting, according to a release from the department.

During the investigation, detectives determined Taylor and Russell were in a physical altercation and Taylor shot Russell, according to the release.

After seeing Taylor shoot Russell, Stice is accused of firing numerous rounds at Taylor, striking and killing him, according to the release. Another involved party then struck Stice with a vehicle and drove away.

Stice fired more rounds at the vehicle as it was attempting to exit the parking lot, according to the release.

Stice has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Stice is lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.

PRIOR REPORT: Two people died following a shooting Friday night outside of O’Charley’s.

Upon arrival, officers found Elijsha Taylor, 21, and Michael Russell, 40, both of Bowling Green, with gunshot wounds. Taylor was pronounced deceased at the scene, and Russell was taken to an area hospital where he later died, Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said.

An initial witness account about the shooting potentially being related to a fight over dinner rolls is not correct.

“At this time, we believe there are prior connections/relationships between the victims and suspect,” Ward said in a release Saturday morning. “We are proceeding with our investigation believing the incident was related to a long-standing dispute between the involved parties. There is no evidence, at this time, to suggest the argument leading to the shooting was related to O’Charley’s, their food, or their service.”

Friday night Ward said police were called just after 10 p.m.

“At about four minutes after 10 we received a call that there were shots fired in the parking lot of O’Charley’s. When the officers arrived, they located one male in the parking lot who was deceased and another man who had been shot,” he said.

“That man was taken to the hospital and is being treated for his wounds,” Ward said late Friday night. “Right now detectives and crime scene processors are scouring the scene to find what evidence there is and interviewing anyone that may have seen anything or someone that was inside the restaurant.

“There were quite a few people in the restaurant we know, and they are being interviewed right now. So the detectives will continue to talk to people who were here and who both know and then they will also be looking for video footage,” he said.

As of 12:50 a.m. Saturday, no arrests had been made.

“We are still trying to figure out who was here, who was involved and why they were involved, so there  will be a lot of work in talking to people to gather all of the stories and then put all of those pieces of the stories together,” Ward said

There were no other injuries, Ward said. The incident was contained just outside of the front door.

The distraught family of the deceased man came to restaurant as the investigation was underway.

A witness from inside the restaurant said he heard a fight inside that quickly escalated outside in the parking lot, diner Gary Winthrope said.

“We kind of hear a commotion coming back from another table … I guess it escalated pretty fast, and it got taken outside. Two people got in their car and two other people came up and I guess shot them,” he said.

Winthrope heard two gunshots.

“I couldn’t believe it. I mean it was something else. Stuff only happens like that in movies for me. I ain’t never seen anything like that. It’s crazy.”

Inside the restaurant, he heard people swearing at each other.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything to call the department at 270-393-4000.

WNKY40 will continue to update this story as more details become available.