UPDATED: Suspect arrested in Lava Lounge shooting

Travis Fant

Spencer Jenkins

The Bowling Green Police Department made an arrest Tuesday in relation to the shootings at Lava Lounge early Sunday morning.

Ronnie Ward, public information officer for BGPD, said Travis Fant, 22, of Bowling Green will be charged with assault in the first degree in connection with the shootings and possession of a stolen weapon.

His bond was set at $50,000.

Ward said Fant has been arrested before on other charges.

He was located near a house on Forrest Drive after being told to stop going in the house, according to a BGPD citation. He appeared to be hiding something in his waistband when he went into the house but was no longer hiding anything when he came back out of the house.

The citation said that the owner of the house gave consent to police to search the residence. Police located a handgun under the seat cushion in a chair next to the front door.

Fant confessed to hiding the gun and told police that he didn’t want to be caught with it, the citation said. The gun was reported stolen by Louisville Metro Police Department.

The report also said Fant is being charged with tampering with evidence.

Fant was previously a student at WKU, but hasn’t been enrolled since the Spring semester of 2008.

Tucker, Ga., sophomore Tevin Holliman and Auburndale, Fla., freshman Ricardo Singh, both WKU football players, sustained single gunshot wounds Saturday night at the Lava Lounge, located near WKU’s campus.

The shootings occurred just after midnight Saturday, Ward said.

Ward also said Holliman was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center and Singh was taken to the Bowling Green Medical Center.

A Vanderbilt Medical Center spokesperson said the condition of gunshot victims and victims of violence are not given out to the public.

Singh’s condition is fair, which means the vital signs are stable and the patient is conscious, a representative of the Bowling Green Medical Center said on Monday.

Ward said he wouldn’t confirm or deny where on their bodies either player was shot.

According to a statement from WKU athletics released Sunday, neither Holliman nor Singh were in possession of a gun. Both are receiving hospital care, and neither has sustained threatening injuries.

WKU football head coach Willie Taggart spoke with the parents of each player, the statement said.