2 shot at Harold’s Restaurant in Gaffney, suspect arrested

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GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – Gaffney Police say two men were wounded in a shooting at a restaurant Monday night and a suspect is under arrest.

Gaffney Police charged Eddie Jerome Motts with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime after the shooting at Harold’s Restaurant on Limestone street.

Investigators say Motts, 59, had been in an argument at the bar earlier in the evening and was asked to leave.

He returned to the restaurant around 7:45 p.m. and was armed with a gun.

Police say Motts shot the bar’s owner and a second man.

Officers say Motts was still holding the gun when they entered the bar.

Gaffney Police say officers drew their weapons and ordered Motts to drop his gun and arrested him.

“Usually this is not a trouble spot here, so it’s kind of a shock,” said Gaffney Police Chief Chris Skinner. “I know they have people in there that argue and make people leave. Shootings just don’t happen here.”

Police say both victims were taken to Spartanburg Regional for surgery. They are in stable condition and expected to recover.

Motts bond hearing is set for Tuesday.

MOTTS’ CRIMINAL BACKGROUND

SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO      09/23/1982
CASE-20140
CIT-SC16-9-320             
                                           ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT ON AN
                                              OFFICER
                                              OFFENSE DATE-09/23/1982
CIT-SC16-5-50             
                                           ARREST CHARGE -INTERFERING
                                              WITH POLICE OFFICER
                                              OFFENSE DATE-09/23/1982
CIT-SC16-9-320             
                                           ARREST CHARGE -RESISTING
                                              ARREST
                                              OFFENSE DATE-09/23/1982
                                           ARREST INFO- GEN SESSIONS
                                              COURT
CIT-SC16-9-320             
                                           COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT ON
                                              OFFICER
                                           COURT DISP-MULTIPLE CHARGE
                                              ONE DISPOSITION; 3Y SUSP;
                                               9M CONFINE; 2Y PROB;
                                              MAKE RESTITUTION TO SHERIF
                                              FS OFFICE
CIT-SC16-5-50             
                                           COURT CHARGE 02-INTERFERING
                                              W/POLICE OFFICER
                                           COURT DISP-MULTIPLE CHARGE
                                              ONE DISPOSITION
CIT-SC16-9-320             
                                           COURT CHARGE 03-RESISTING
                                              ARREST
                                           COURT DISP-MULTIPLE CHARGE
                                              ONE DISPOSITION
SC004015C  PERRY RECPT & EVAL              CUSTODY STATUS-RECEIVED
CASE-114069                                   START DATE-12/03/1982
                            ———————
MOTTS, EDDIE JEROME             03/17/1990
SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO
                                           ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER
                                              INFLUENCE
                                              OFFENSE DATE-03/17/1990
                                              PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
                                           COURT CHARGE 01-DRIVING UNDER
                                               INFLUENCE
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;$287
                                              FINE; PAID
                                              COURT DATE-05/14/1990
                            ———————
MOTTS, EDDIE JEROME             03/19/1990
SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO
WARR-P527690
                                           ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER
                                              INFLUENCE
                                              OFFENSE DATE-03/19/1990
                                              PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
WARR-P527691
                                           ARREST CHARGE -VIOLATION OF
                                              ABC LAW
WARR-P527690                               COURT CHARGE 01-DRIVING UNDER
                                               INFLUENCE MORE THAN 1ST
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;91D
                                              CONFINE; 3Y PROB; $1000
                                              FINE;CONFINEMENT OR FINE;
                                              1Y & $5000 SUSP;COST
                                           COURT CHARGE 02-VIOLATION
                                              ABC LAW
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;PAID
                                              $138
                                              COURT DATE-06/18/1991
                            ———————
MOTTS, EDDIE JOE                07/22/1990
SCSHP0400 SC HIWAY DEPT DIST 4
WARR-Q145360
                                           ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER
                                              INFLUENCE MORE THAN 1ST
                                              OFFENSE DATE-07/22/1990
                                           ARREST INFO- PCC
SC040015G  CENTRAL PPP                     COURT CHARGE 01-DRIVING UNDER
WARR-Q145360                                   INFLUENCE MORE THAN 1ST
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;91D
                                              CONFINE; 3Y PROB; $2000
                                              FINE;CONFINEMENT AND FINE
                                              ;3Y AND $6000 SUSP;$2450
                                              COURT DATE-06/19/1991
                            ———————
SC004015C  PERRY RECPT & EVAL   06/21/1991 CUSTODY STATUS-RECEIVED
CASE-179166                                   START DATE-06/21/1991
SC004015C  PERRY RECPT & EVAL
CIT-56-5-2930             
                                           COURT CHARGE 01-DRIVING UNDER
                                               INFLUENCE MORE THAN 1ST
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;3Y SUSP
                                              TO 91D AND 3Y PROB
                            ———————
MOTTS, EDDIE JEROME             02/09/2004
SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO
ATN-980000488987
WARR-21764BQ
CIT-56-5-2940(1)-MISDEMEANOR
                                           ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER
                                              THE INFLUENCE 1ST OFFENSE
                                              OFFENSE DATE-02/09/2004
                                              PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
CIT-56-5-2940(1)-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84                                    COURT CHARGE 01-DRIVING UNDER
WARR-21764BQ                                   THE INFLUENCE 1ST OFFENSE
                                           COURT DISP-CONVICTED;$992
                                              FINE
                                              COURT DATE-10/11/2007
                                           ATN-980000488987


Source South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

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