Updates on the Tuscaloosa shootings

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WTVM) - New details are emerging about the man police say shot 17 people at a Tuscaloosa bar.

Nathan Wilkins appeared in court on Wednesday for the first time since the shootings.

Along with the mass shooting near the University of Alabama, he's also accused of shooting another person at a home in Northport.

As for the suspect's past, police say Wilkins had previously been fired from his job after a fistfight with a co-worker. Wilkins told police in April he was angry about his firing.

It's not clear what role the firing from capstone oilfield may have played in Tuesday's shootings. Police have charged Wilkins with 18 counts of attempted murder.

Wilkins is also suspected of setting three fires at Capstone.

Meanwhile, a hospital spokesman says the conditions of the five people hospitalized after the mass shooting are improving.

DCH Regional Medical Center officials say one patient is still in serious condition and remains in ICU.

Two others are now in fair condition. The two remaining patients are in good condition and will likely be discharged by Wednesday night.

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