Bar altercation leaves student dead

Nadia Dreid

An altercation at Rude Rudy’s early Thursday morning resulted in the death of GSU freshman Michael Gatto, 18.

Authorities responded to the scene shortly after midnight and found Gatto unresponsive with head injuries, according to the Statesboro Police Department. Gatto was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro and was later airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Bulloch County coroner Jake Futch received word at 4 p.m. Thursday that Gatto had passed away.

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Grant Spencer, 20, also a GSU student and a bouncer at Rude Rudy’s at the time of the altercation. Spencer was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with aggravated battery.

As of press time, no new charges have been publicized.

In a statement released by Rude Rudy’s on their Facebook page, the bar said that Spencer was not working at the time of the altercation and has since been fired. The bar announced that it would not open Thursday night out of respect for Gatto’s family and to comply with the investigation. The post also said that Rude Rudy’s will make no further statements until the investigation is complete.

The message has since been deleted and Rude Rudy’s has reopened.

Gatto’s body will be transported to Savannah Tuesday for an autopsy which will provide an official cause of death. His funeral will be held this Saturday in Cumming, Ga.