Bond denied for man accused of shooting 2 men at Gaffney eatery

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GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – A man accused of shooting two men at a restaurant Monday night in Gaffney was in court Tuesday afternoon for a bond hearing.

Eddie Jerome Motts has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

In court of Tuesday, Motts was given two mandatory court dates — one on May 24 at 9 a.m. and a second on July 26 at 2 p.m.

While in court, Motts said, “I done exactly what you said.”

Solicitor Barry Barnette said the incident is all on video.

Bond was denied for Motts and he was ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families.

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 9:45 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.

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