Fights reported at Lacount’s

Published 7:46 pm Friday, June 4, 2010

Three fights, including a shooting, happened at a local hang-out spot on two consecutive weekends, according to Sheriff’s Office incident reports.

The shooting occurred on Sunday, May 30, at around 11 p.m., at Lacount’s Auto Service, located at 2550 Old Whigham Road, which is commonly rented out for private parties. The alleged shooter, 24-year-old Malcolm O’Neil Spann of 2280 Dothan Road, Bainbridge, said he had been jumped on by a group of other men. Two witnesses working as security guards at the party said they saw Spann take the gun from his waistband, fire shots at another man and chase his target around the outside of the building.

On May 22, a 17-year-old boy reported he was assaulted by a group of males at a private party held at Lacount’s. The victim stated he believed his attackers mistook him for another person involved in an earlier fight and jumped on him. The victim, who suffered cuts, a broken jaw and broken nose in the assault, reported a group of his attackers followed he and his sister when they left in a car.

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At around 3:20 a.m. on May 22, a 18-year-old girl reported being punched in the face by an 19-year-old former classmate while at Lacount’s. According to one of the victim’s friends contacted by deputies, another fight related to the first took place at the Earle May Boat Basin the same night.

The Lacount’s Auto property is owned by Johnny Lee and Portia Lacount, according to Tax Assessor records obtained online.

It has been the site of numerous fights and the source of repeated calls concerning loud music, according to previous reports from the Sheriff’s Office.

At least one person was stabbed during an altercation there in November 2007. A teen reported being punched in the face in the business’ parking lot in January 2008. A man reported being struck in the face with a beer bottle during a fight in January 2009.

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