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Neighbor Says Accused Chicago Bomb Plotter 'A Very Nice Guy'

ABC News (CHICAGO) -- A preliminary hearing for accused Chicago bomb plotter Adel Daoud was delayed until Thursday after his attorney was granted more time to review the case.

Daoud's attorney, Thomas Durkin, told reporters that he is "suspicious" of the charges against his 18-year-old client, whom he described as "impressionable" and "immature."

"This doesn't smell like a terrorism case," Durkin said. "It smells like there's something wrong with this case."

While Daoud remains in custody, residents in his suburban neighborhood of Hillside said they were surprised by the news of the 18-year old's alleged attempt to target a downtown bar last Friday night.

"I would consider him a very nice guy. He waved, talked. For a teenager seeing him cut his parents' grass, you know, that type of thing, I would have taken him as a very good boy," Frank Howaniac, who's lived on the quiet residential street for 32 years, told ABC News Monday.

Howaniac was sitting outside his house at 9:30 Friday night when suddenly a caravan of federal authorities came driving down the street and went to Daoud's house.

Another neighbor, Souha Ibrahim, said she too was taken aback by the news of the teenager's arrest.

"I am surprised," Ibrahim said. "I'm surprised by what he did."

"He's a little kid. He was just brainwashed or something. He's so naïve," said another neighbor, Moussa Issa. "Somehow something happened there. He was just different. He wouldn't show up as much."

At the Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park, where Daoud went to school, members of the school administration wanted no part of the press.

"We don't have any statement to make at this time," school secretary Khaja Mohiuddin told ABC News. "You are wasting your time, so please leave."

At Daoud's house a woman -- who declined to identify herself -- directed ABC News to contact Durkin. On his way into the courthouse for Daoud's detention hearing, which was rescheduled for Thursday, Durkin, accompanied by Daoud's father, told reporters that he was "pretty suspicious" of the allegations against the suburban teenager.

"I think a lot of questions ought to be being asked about why the government wants to detain him," Durkin said, claiming that Daoud "wasn't too dangerous until last Friday night."

"I think it's a very suspicious charge," Durkin argued. "I think there's a lot of suspicious facts in there."

"Does it sound like he was on the Internet talking nonsense? Sounds like it, if the government is to be believed," Durkin stated. "Does that mean he has radical Islamic beliefs? I don't know. I know that my kids when they were 18 might have said some stupid stuff. Does that mean they believed it? I don't know."

Durkin said he had talked to people at Daoud's school and "they've said that he's very awkward socially. You saw him. I mean, he looks pretty immature to me."

Only blocks away from the courthouse, Mike Feirstein, who owns Cal's Liquors and Cal's Bar on Wells St., just on the outer edges of the Loop, told ABC News that he believes his bar was the one Daoud is accused of targeting on Friday. Feirstein's bar sits on a busy street corner, with the El train tracks directly across the street and another popular bar, Cactus, next door. The Chicago Fire Department has a station across from Cactus Bar and one firefighter told ABC News that the area was indeed the site of Daoud's alleged attempt to detonate a fake car bomb as undercover agents stood ready to pounce.

The affidavit says Daoud settled on his unnamed target because it was a bar, a liquor store and a concert venue and would be filled with "the evilest people" on a weekend night. Cal's was hosting musical performances from local bands on Friday.

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Tuscaloosa Shooter Who Injured 17 Turns Self In

Tuscaloosa Police Department(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- A man who injured 17 people at a Tuscaloosa bar with a military style assault weapon turned himself in at a FedEx store and peacefully surrendered to police.

"He walked in and he made eye contact and he said, 'Yep that's me. I'm the one that shot the people in Tuscaloosa by the university,'" said Ken, the employee at the FedEx store in Jasper who approached who he thought was a customer and asked if he needed help.

Ken, who was only identified by his first name in an interview with ABC News' Alabama affiliate WBMA, said he "tried to keep the gentleman calm" while he called police.

The suspect, who has not been named, surrendered without incident, according to the station.

His name has not yet been released, as he has not been charged with a crime.

The shooting broke out at 12:30 a.m. today at the Copper Top bar, a crowded hangout popular for college students.

A man armed with a military style assault weapon fired through the window of the bar early today and then shot at patrons as they rushed outside to escape the gunfire.

Police said 17 people were injured, but remarkably, no one was killed.

"We believe that it was not a random act. There were people on the sidewalk where he stood for several minutes before firing," Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said at a news conference today.

"We believe from what we've seen in the video that there was a target inside the bar," the police chief said.

One on the wounded individuals is in very critical condition, while three are in critical condition, Anderson said.

Anderson said the gunman walked up a hill on 23rd Street to the bar, fired through the bar window and then shot at people as they fled the bar. After the shooting, the suspect walked back down the hill.

Surveillance footage of the exterior of the bar shows a man walking away with what appears to be a gun in his hand. Police are now working with federal officials to have the video of the gunman enhanced.

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting at the Copper Top Bar is related to a separate shooting at the Indian Lakes Subdivision in Northport, Ala., about 45 minutes earlier.

"Right now we are exploring that possibility," Anderson said. "We have not made a solid connection to that shooting."

That incident, which occurred at 11:47 p.m. involved two people who were attacked by a shooter in their home. One person was wounded in that shooting. Those inside the bar at the time of the incident told ABC 33/40 that it sounded like fireworks were going off, while a man who was shot said he quickly realized it was someone on the outside firing into the bar.

The 17 victims were being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center, hospital spokesman Brad Fisher said. Four have been admitted to the hospital.

After the shooting, police canvassed the area on foot and had a helicopter aloft to see if there was anyone wounded who had been missed. Investigators also collected shell casings for forensic analysis, Anderson said.

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Five Teens Shot at New Orleans Bar

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- New Orleans police are searching for the person they believe shot five teens at a New Orleans bar late Saturday, killing one of them and leaving one in critical condition.

Police were called to the scene just after midnight when shots were fired and the gunman fled the scene. EMTs pronounced an 18-year-old male victim dead at the scene. The other victims – three females aged 14, 16 and 17, and a 15-year-old male – were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The victims' identities have not been released, but according to ABC News New Orleans affiliate WGNO-TV the deceased man was arrested in 2008 for burglary and possession of stolen goods.

Authorities are working to determine the shooter’s identity and motive.

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Bar Tried to Keep Out Black People, Claims Lawsuit

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A Philadelphia bar actively discriminates against black patrons and employees, banning drinkers who wear baggy clothes and forcing black workers into behind-the-scenes jobs, according to a lawsuit filed by an attorney who moonlights there as a bartender.

In a class-action lawsuit against McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, lawyers for bartender Michael Bolden said they have obtained e-mails and text messages in which managers discuss ways to limit the number of black patrons.

"We don't want black people we are a white bar," one manager is alleged to have e-mailed another, according to the lawsuit.

The class-action suit brought against the bar and its parent company, East Coast Saloons, claims that the manager, Walt Wyrsta, was worried the clientele had become too black and chided a white employee for promoting DJs and guest bartenders who were attracting too many black customers.

In an e-mail dated Oct. 28, Wyrsta, a general manager, wrote shift manager Kathy Killian to ask about the racial makeup of patrons on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

"2 of the [DJ's] in the battle were black, so it was darker than normal," Killian replied, in a string of messages about how a regular group of black customers patronizing the bar on Wednesday nights was ruining the bar's "reputation."

Employees who answered the phone at McFadden's and at East Coast Saloons said no one would comment. Messages left for Wyrsta and Killian were not returned.

According to the suit, only five of the bar's 75 employees are black, including Bolden and the "man and woman who work in the bathroom handing out towels."

In a statement released by Bolden's lawyers, the 29-year-old Stanford-educated lawyer who has worked part-time at the bar since 2007 said he felt a "moral obligation" to take a stand.

"The one constant is that it is often subtle, behind the scenes, and typically, not written down," he said. "And therein lies the problem: how do you challenge a system, since it seems one cannot even prove it exists. Well, now I can."

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