Bond denied for suspect in W. Ashley Chuck E. Cheese's shooting

Bond denied for suspect in W. Ashley Chuck E. Cheese's shooting
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen announced the arrest Tuesday night during a press conference in front of the Chuck E. Cheese's.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen announced the arrest Tuesday night during a press conference in front of the Chuck E. Cheese's.

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A judge has denied bond for a 21-year-old accused of firing shots inside a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese's, injuring two people.

Charleston Police say Thailando Daiquan King is charged with two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

On Wednesday, a judge denied bond for King on the two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, stating the suspect showed a complete disregard for children during the shooting. Bond was set at $100,000 on the weapons charge.

The Oct. 11 incident happened around 8:15 p.m. when a man got in an argument with two other men inside the Chuck E. Cheese's.

In court documents, investigators said the argument stemmed from King feeling his mother had been "disrespected." King left the business with friends after management asked them to leave, but returned a short time later and hopped over a partition to avoid being noticed by the restaurant's staff, the affidavit states. 

A CPD press release states that the man then fired a weapon at the two men in a "wanton and reckless manner and without regard for the numerous patrons inside of the business, including many children."

One victim was shot in the buttocks and the other was shot in the left thigh, according to court papers. The two men were transported to MUSC and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Chief Greg Mullen announced the arrest Tuesday night during a press conference in front of the Chuck E. Cheese's. According to Mullen, King was arrested Tuesday on Chateau Street around 4:15 p.m. by the North Charleston Police Department. 

"We were getting a lot of information throughout the last couple of days not only from the media, but we were also getting it from citizens, we were getting it from other law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens," Mullen said."The result of that, we were able to identify the individual that was in the BOLO for the person of interest and as of yesterday, he was identified as a suspect in the shooting."

"This was clearly a reckless act," Mullen said Tuesday night."The individual who was involved in this was not considering what the potential outcome could have been, not only in injury or death."

Prior to King's arrest, Charleston police had been been searching for a person of interest who was captured in stills from surveillance video at the Chuck E. Cheese's; investigators say that the person of interest was identified as King. 

"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.

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