Four Hill Air Force Base airmen were charged Tuesday in connection with a downtown nightclub shooting.
After arguing with a group of men early Saturday morning, Airman 1st Class Daniel Eugene Clemons, 19, ripped a necklace off a man's neck outside Club Manhattan, 5 E. 400 South, and shot another man in the stomach, according to charges filed Tuesday in 3rd District Court.
During the argument, Clemons pointed an SKS rifle at one of the men, who managed to grab the barrel and wrestle the gun away, according to the charges. The man threw the gun on the ground and ran away. As two other men fled down a flight of stairs, Clemons shot at them, striking a 22-year-old man in the torso, according to the charges.
The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery.
Police chased Clemons and Airman 1st Class Jeremy David Crist, 20, to a freeway on-ramp, where Clemons jumped out of the car and ran, court documents state. Crist, who faces felony charges of obstruction of justice and failing to stop for an officer, told police he did not know Clemons, according to the charges.
As police were arresting Crist, two other airmen called his cell phone and a police officer answered. Airman 1st Class Destinee Williams, 22, asked, "Did you get our guy?" according to the charges, and Airman 1st Class Tacota Monay Lemuel, 19, agreed to meet the men and help them get out of town.
Williams and Lemuel face charges of attempted obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony.
Clemons was already under investigation for attempted murder in New Jersey in connection with a 2007 home-invasion shooting, police said. A military-discharge hearing has been scheduled.
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