Police arrest man accused of shooting at employees, wounding one at bar

Updated: Feb. 10, 2021 at 7:17 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a man who is accused of shooting at employees and wounding one of them at a downtown Charleston bar.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 29-year-old Brandon Jarell Bailey of Charleston who was taken into custody on Wednesday for the shooting that happened at the King Street Public House on 549 King Street on Feb. 5.

Authorities said the shooting occurred after an argument over the bar closing.

Bailey was arrested by officers from the Charleston Police Department, North Charleston Police Department and the US Marshals Service. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of first-degree assault and battery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carry of a handgun.

He was locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center and is scheduled to have a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the incident started when a group of four people became upset about being made to leave the bar at closing time and not being allowed back inside.

Investigators said this led to a verbal altercation with the bouncers on the sidewalk in front of the door.

According to investigators, when the 28-year-old victim, identified as another employee at Public House, went to the door to help his co-workers one of the subjects in the group, identified as Bailey, took out a gun and fired shots at the staff before fleeing.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to the hospital.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 29-year-old Brandon Jarell Bailey of Charleston who...
The Charleston Police Department arrested 29-year-old Brandon Jarell Bailey of Charleston who was taken into custody on Wednesday for the shooting that happened at the King Street Public House on 549 King Street on Feb. 5.(CCDC/Live 5 News)

The investigation into the shooting started at 10:57 p.m. when police officers who were patrolling the area of King Street and Reid Street heard gunshots coming from Public House. Customers at the Prohibition restaurant also reported hearing the gunfire at the time of the incident.

When the responding officers got to the location they reported not finding the shooting suspect, but found the victim, another employee of the establishment, near the bar next to some pinball machines.

“Once officers on scene made sure the area was secure they began rendering aid to the victim until medics arrived,” Charleston police said.

The victim was then stabilized and transported to the Medical University of South Carolina by medics, and police said the victim was alert and conscious at the time.

Viewers reported that there was a major police presence blocking traffic in the 500 block of King Street. That perimeter continued through early Saturday morning as detectives investigated the scene.

Police officers on the scene of the shooting at King Street Public House late Friday night.
Police officers on the scene of the shooting at King Street Public House late Friday night.(Live 5 News)

A few days after the shooting, management at Public House released a statement saying they are hoping for a stronger police presence in the King Street area following the shooting.

“We are saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred Friday night,” said management at Public House. “This type of thing should never happen, much less, in an entertainment district where people are enjoying themselves.”

“Our hope is that the City Of Charleston Police Department will be showing a stronger presence in the Upper King Street area moving forward,” Public House officials said. “At this time our primary focus will be the health and safety of our employees as well as our patrons.”

Emergency crews transporting the victim of a shooting that happened at King Street Public House...
Emergency crews transporting the victim of a shooting that happened at King Street Public House on Friday night. (Source: Danielle Rader)(Danielle Rader)

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