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Wife says husband suffered fractured skull after being sucker punched on King Street

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Billy Schilling suffered a fractured skull after being sucker punched on upper King St. on Sunday, his wife said. (Photo Source: Facebook) Billy Schilling suffered a fractured skull after being sucker punched on upper King St. on Sunday, his wife said. (Photo Source: Facebook)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The wife of a man who was sucker punched on upper King Street Sunday morning says her husband suffered a fractured skull from the attack.

Ashley Schilling told Live 5 News via phone from Bluffton that the suspect made a crude remark to her before punching her husband Billy in the face.

Ashley Schilling says her family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Billy Schilling was found lying on the ground bleeding in front of a hair salon after the 12:45 a.m. assault.

According to an incident report, a witness told officers a surveillance camera at his employer's business may have been able to capture the suspect running south on King Street.

Sunday's attack was the second on upper King Street in four months.

In April, a Johns Island man died after being sucker punched on upper King.

Hugh Kimbel, a bartender at Halls Chophouse on King Street, says he wouldn't be surprised if this latest assault fuels the debate to close bars earlier. However, Kimbel says closing the bars earlier won't solve the problem.

"If you close down all the bars at 12, then the same kind of incidents will just happen two hours earlier or even worse, people will get in their cars and go to the places in Charleston where they can drink till two," Kimbel said.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says the city will continue to push for a three year moratorium on any new bars opening in the entertainment district.

The planning commission will discuss it on August 20.

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