Fair shooting suspect denied bond; victim speaks out

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - The man charged with shooting two people at the Coastal Carolina Fair on Saturday night was denied bond Monday afternoon. During the hearing, he told the judge he was not trying to hurt the two men.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old Rashan Dantzeler, of Walterboro, in connection with a shooting at the fair just before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Dantzeler is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault in the second degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crime.

In the bond hearing, the judge denied Dantzeler bond on the attempted murder charge, issued a $100,000 bond for the assault charge, and a $25,000 bond for the weapons charge.

Dantzeler spoke to the judge Monday afternoon and said he was not trying to hurt the two victims.

"I wasn't trying to hit them. I was trying to back them off," Dantzeler told Magistrate Linda Lombard.

However, the mother of Brannan Manigo said she could have been planning for a funeral today because of Dantzeler's actions. Her 17-year-old son was shot four times in the leg and ankle.

"I don't think it's right for him to be up there and shoot at my son. He could have injured anyone else, even a child could have got killed," said Carrie Washington.

The other victim was only grazed by a bullet.

In affidavits filed by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Dantzeler told officials after he was arrested that he had been in a verbal altercation with the two victims. Dantzeler said the two upset him so much he pulled a .45-caliber Glock handgun and fired on them.

According to one affidavit, Dantzeler said one of the victims was teasing him and said that he was going "to slap him like the bitch he is."

Carl Schultz, the president of the Exchange Club which operates the fair, said that they haven't had time to evaluate what happened, but he says they anticipate continuing to operate as usual in future years.

Schultz also said that the fair grounds have more deputies per square foot than any other place in Charleston County. he added that there has been no talk of using metal detectors next year.

Deputies believe the victims and suspect know each other. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries and one of the victims was transported to a local hospital with multiple gun shot wounds. The other victim was treated and released.

Deputies recovered the weapon used during the incident.

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