Three suspects are under arrest after they were allegedly involved in an incident at a crowded Florida bar two months ago that led to a fatal shooting, police said.
According to the Melbourne Police Department, Elvin Clark, 28, was taken into custody on May 11. The previous day, Richard Lakes, 34, and Lucious Scott, who was already in the Brevard County jail in connection to an unrelated April 19 shooting, were arrested.
On March 5, the three suspects were at Off The Traxx when they encountered Alain Noel, 34, WKMG reported.
A friend of Noel, police wrote in an affidavit obtained by the station, recognized the trio as “people with whom he had prior difficulties,” including a recent altercation in which they allegedly beat him up because he was Haitian and they believed he was “encroaching on their ‘turf.’”
Surveillance video allegedly shows Clark bought three bottles of beer and gave two to Lakes, who then dumped out the beer and gave one of the empty bottles to Scott.
According to police, Lakes and Scott jumped Noel’s friend, striking him with the bottles and cutting him.
As Noel began to “dance around excitedly” while witnessing the alleged attack, Clark is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting him multiple times, hitting him in the legs and heart, police said.
Clark, Lakes and Scott all fled the bar, where Noel died from his gunshot injuries.
Lakes and Scott are accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and each was being held in lieu of $125,000 bond.
Clark faces charges of second-degree murder, possession of a gun by a convicted felon, and culpable negligence. He was being held without bond for the murder charge, on a $35,000 bond for the possession charge, and a $3,000 bond for the culpable negligence charge.
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