Garr, who now attends the University of Georgia, said one of her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters was wounded but released from the hospital. Garr transferred to UGA after tornadoes devastated the Alabama college town last year.
"That school changed my life. ... It has been a really sad morning," said the 21-year-old Grady High School graduate. "To have the tornadoes and this shooting just puts a cloud over a really great school."
Emily Garner, a 33-year-old Carrollton physical therapist, said the bar was a friendly place when she graduated in 2000. "It wasn't one where you thought trouble would be at," said Garner, president of the Western Georgia Chapter of the UA Alumni Association.
Michael Russell, 23, of Atlanta, another UA grad, said he used to work at Mugshots Bar and Grill while attending UA but went to the Copper Top on Monday nights because it was the discount night for Tuscaloosa's bar and wait staff.
"I was there for four years and I never saw anything close to that," he said. "But there are crazy people everywhere."