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Chuck E. Cheese's issues statement on West Ashley shooting


Chuck E. Cheese's issued a statement Tuesday morning about a Saturday night shooting in its West Ashley location that left two people wounded.

Charleston Police continue to search for a person of interest involved in the shooting that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The statement from the company reads:

“Based on the information currently available to us, a firearm was discharged, injuring 2 men, during a verbal dispute between several individuals inside our West Ashley store on Saturday, Oct. 11 at approximately 8:15 p.m. We are thankful to local authorities for arriving quickly and containing the situation.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as they heal from this random act of violence. It is unfortunate that some individuals have disrespect for each other and the law and would choose to behave in this manner in front of children and families. As a business dedicated to serving families, Chuck E. Cheese's will not tolerate violence of any kind in our stores and firearms are not permitted.

We will continue to work with law enforcement officers during their ongoing investigation and, therefore, cannot offer more details at this time.

The safety of our guests and employees is a primary concern for us, just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us. We endeavor to take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our stores. Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid.”

Police say the individual pictured in stills from surveillance video had a verbal argument with the victims while inside the business. Authorities say the man left after he was asked to leave by management. Police say a short time later, the individual returned, hopped over the counter inside the business and confronted the victims again.

Police say at that time, two shots were fired inside the business.

"The person who did this committed a reckless act in the crowded business with no regard for the well-being and/or safety of the many patrons inside, to include many young children," police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Officials say two male victims were taken to MUSC to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation remains ongoing as police continue to search for the suspect.

If you have any information about the incident, you are asked to call the Charleston Police Department or CrimeStoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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