Bingo hall homicide in Jefferson County

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JASPER, Ala. (AP) - A Walker County man has been shot and killed by a security guard after he allegedly attempted to rob a Jasper electronic bingo hall.

Walker County Sheriff Mark Tirey said the man, 43-year-old William Cantrell Jr., died after being shot multiple times late Saturday night at the "It's Your Lucky Day" Bingo Hall in Jasper.

Tirey said Cantrell entered through the front door around 11 p.m., fired his shotgun into the ceiling and hollered that he was robbing the bingo hall.

He told everyone to leave.

Tirey said Cantrell fired more shots at the ceiling, then fired at a cashier's cage and a safe.

He was then shot by an approaching security guard, the sheriff said.

Tirey said security cameras captured most of the incident.