The man sought in connection with a double-murder Wednesday night in the parking lot of Longhorn Steakhouse on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville has turned himself in.
Clarksville Police say 36-year old Michael Clarence “Hulk” Craft is lodged in the Montgomery County Jail for two counts of criminal homicide.
As previously reported, 37-year old James Ramsey and 53-year old John Allgood of Clarksville were killed by gunfire in what authorities are calling a dispute between rival motorcycle gangs.
Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts was at the restaurant when the gunfire erupted and commented on the incident at Thursday night’s city council meeting. A transcript of his remarks was posted to that city’s website it reads in part:
“Our first impulse as humans is to panic, or to think this is a beginning to a crime wave. Let me state without hesitation, it is not. For those on social media sites who find solace in believing and expressing the worst, let me encourage you to find the best, because it is out there.”
He continues, “The actions of a few cowboys on motorcycles who deliberately sought out another human being to kill, are isolated but very unnerving.”
The mayor was inside Longhorn during the gunfire and was not injured.
Read Mayor Pitts entire statement below:
“Ladies and gentlemen:
“(Wednesday) night our city experienced a crime that is unfamiliar to us — a double homicide at a local restaurant. According to reports from our police department, rival motorcycle gangs chose to exercise lawlessness and commit cowardly acts.
“We are in prayer for the families who lost two loved ones last night. We are also in prayer for our law enforcement personnel as they pursue those who committed the crimes. They will be found, and they will be brought to justice. Acts of this nature will not stand.
“Let me pause to commend our first responders who were quickly on the scene. Our Police, Fire and Rescue, and EMS workers were very professional in their approach to attending to the victims, and gathering information from those of us in the restaurant. As a community we can all be proud of them not just for (Wednesday) night but everyday.
“I want to address the citizens of our community. Our first impulse as humans is to panic, or to think this is a beginning to a crime wave. Let me state without hesitation, it is not. For those on social media sites who find solace in believing and expressing the worst, let me encourage you to find the best, because it is out there. It is right in front of us everywhere we go.
“The actions of a few cowboys on motorcycles who deliberately sought out another human being to kill, are isolated but very unnerving. We don’t expect this sort of thing to happen in our beautiful city. But here we are — 24 hours later — facing the reality that it can happen anywhere.
“So (tonight), and the rest of our days, let us resolve to support our police. Support our first responders. And support one another.
“As we gather tonight in these chambers, or as we gather this summer for reunions, parties and homecomings, let’s support one another.
“One thing I know about my hometown, we are resilient. We are determined. and when we set our minds to it, we are successful.
“May the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord make His face to shine upon us, and be gracious to us. The Lord lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace.”