Great Alaskan Bush Company Strip Club Shooting: Suspect Planned Rampage

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Gavin Macfarlane
The shooting at the Great Alaskan Bush Company strip club on Sunday -- one of two strip club shootings over the Christmas weekend -- wasn't the spontaneous work of an angry patron dissatisfied with his lap-dance. The suspect, 28-year-old Gavin Macfarlane, told police it was "part of a plan he had formulated in his mind."

From the sound of things, dude's a little out there.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Macfarlane sat at the club as a patron prior to going berserk and shooting the place up.


Witnesses told police there was no incident that would have prompted Macfarlane to become enraged. Rather, it seems, he just went off the deep end.

After being taken into custody, Macfarlane told police he had planned the shooting. He says he was at the club for a while before he "reached a point where he made the decision to go out to the parking lot and obtain a weapon from his vehicle."

He told police his plan was to shoot the first people with whom he came in contact -- which he did.

When Macfarlane went back into the club he immediately shot the bouncer, Adam Troy Cooley, 34, and a patron, 20-year-old Antonio Garcia, who were standing near the door. Both Cooley and Garcia died as a result of the injuries caused by Macfarlane.

Two other patrons were also shot, although, they survived the attack.

Macfarlane entered the club and shot at another unidentified woman, but missed. He then tried to shoot another male patron but was out of bullets -- so he hit the man in the head with the gun before being subdued by staff members.

Macfarlane told cops that if he hadn't run out of ammo he would have continued to shoot people.

He's been booked on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He's being held on a $2 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 3.

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21 comments
IhateLIBS
IhateLIBS

Does that "Momma's Boy" Jack Cox still own this nightmare? He was a real moron

Azdramaking2006
Azdramaking2006

Its been two years since, family, friends and I lost our friend, brother, and lover. Antonio Oryan Garcia. What a terrible tragic situation for anyone to ever have to go through. I hope that man gets a great consequence. We will Tony dearly. We love you so much.

Biker2000_61
Biker2000_61

i miss you adam!! that was my bestfriends step dad!! :'(

Akshowgirl
Akshowgirl

I am sorry to read about this incidence of violence as it seem to be so often in this lifestyle that I have lived most my life but--- I would like say that the Bush Company In Alaska ( The Origional Bush)  was not where this happened. The Bush Company in Az needs to recognize and publish this as well as the local news, The Great Alaska Bush Co. carries a solid name in Anchorage, Alaska...The article I read never mentioned it was the GBC in AZ, (there is also one in Ore).

serenity
serenity

Jackie and Adam were such close friends of mine....I just now read this and found out. Im so heartbroken for her and everyone else who has to endure this crazy fucks actions.

Sk8erchick6967@msn.com
Sk8erchick6967@msn.com

I work there I saw everthing adam was a rly great friend and a very nice guy I dnt knw anyone who has anything bad to say about him . It was so horrible the whole thing he was geting dances amd drinking beer having a good time as he was walking out he even huged the door girlgoodbye (the girl he missed) its sounded likesome was slaming the door hard I throw my self to the ground and I see the girl who got shot im the arm saying im shot im shot so I graped her and and told her we have to stay lowe amd im going to have to wrap ir arm and apply pessure and she was a trooper she was sp worried about her family but we where on the ground the guys that where there and the guy who got it in the pisol wiped where calling him names saying pussy u like to shoot peopl while the shooter had a smile on his face as he relized he was out of bullets he sets his gun and allof the the customers just started beating his ass he tryed to fight back he was such a skinny nerd he couldnt but like 10 15 guys just went crazy on him and hitting him with his own gun and I had to grap her and we ran to the dressing room and all of the girl help her and then the cop arrived and we all had to stay till 7 in the morning given statments

Classieladi07
Classieladi07

Gavin, I hope you get the death penalty. Going to Adams Troy Cooleys funeral was tough. I knew him for 10 years. To see his family hurting like that and leaving behind his girlfriend Jackie and his dog Reyna. I feel for the family who also lost their loved one. Antonio Garcia was only 20. Gosh, I don't even know what to say....I'm lost for words on all of this. But I do know you deserve to die! I never thought I would say that to anyone. It would be nice if someone twice as crazy as you would just show up at your court date and take you out the way you did those men and save the tax payers some money....you fucking freak!!!

Liberal Dem
Liberal Dem

Wait a second, there is a "NO GUNS" sign at that place.How could it ever happen that someone would disobey the sign?

I. D.
I. D.

Very sad about the way Tony lost his life he was a great kid, im gonna miss him " mi chapis " work is gonna be sad for a very long time

Sheistydogs
Sheistydogs

Lesson learned: never spend Christmas cash on strippers

Mike
Mike

well just take the bastard out back and shoot him

Foreskin
Foreskin

fuck the piece of white shit.

Armed and intoxicated
Armed and intoxicated

Well, golly gee... we live in a state where it's considered OK to let the lunatic fringe roam about the neighborhood, armed, under the influence and seriously mentally ill.I might be cool with the "carry law" as authored by Rusty Penis --- I mean Pearce, but for the fact that the only thing separating the armed assholes from the unarmed assholes is a felony conviction.Dude looks like a smoker of the Meth persuasion. No felonies, homie ??? Cool !!!Here's a dandy little "9" for ya to keep in the car. Now remember, it's only cool to shoot folks who you think are from another country... or another planet.A fucking alien is a fucking alien, right ???

MB
MB

So little has been said of one of the victims, Antonio (Tony) Garcia. He was a great, caring person who would do anything for a friend. One of his friends and a cousin were among those shot, but the word "survivor" doesn't cover the injuries and trauma they have incurred. It's sad that his short life was so disposable and so little said about the person Tony really was.

Brianorion5
Brianorion5

It was called the Alaskan Bush Company. Maybe he thought he was hunting beaver or something.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"The suspect, 28-year-old Gavin Macfarlane, told police it was "part of a plan he had formulated in his mind.""

And the plan was, for no particular reason, to just go back in the strip club and start shooting people until he ran out of bullets. Sorry, Gavin, but that sounds more like a plan you formulated in your ass.

Classieladi07
Classieladi07

What does spending your christmas cash on strippers have to do with anything? You're an idiot.

TS
TS

It certainly is, and I couldnt agree more! I know that many friends/previous who knew co workers/current Bush Co. employees, that i have spoken with over the last 4 days, have wondered about Antonio Garcia and the other 3 victims. Im so very sorry for your loss and for the family & friends of all affected by this malicious act of violence. Sadly one of my friends new both Adam and Tony from different paths in her life, and my heart goes out to her....... It is very heartbreaking to lose one friend is devastating enough, but i couldnt imagine the pain of saying good-bye to 2 dear friends. Im sure i speak for everyone when i say, Please, if u dont mind telling us about Tony and the other victims, we would love to know what they were like. To all who were hurt by this tragedy my thoughts & prayers are with u.

TENNILLE88
TENNILLE88

what the hell is wrong with u, innocent good people were injured, and lost thier lives.... u couldnt just say that to yourself, then laugh @ your own joke?! no one is laughing with u COME ON!

Dem
Dem

Was this guy from Canada?

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