ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that happened at an Upstate bar early Tuesday morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting happened just after midnight at Simon’s Bar & Grill on Clemson Boulevard.
Deputies said a man was taken to AnMed Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound in the foot. He has since been released from the hospital. The second victim was reportedly grazed in her lower leg and was not hospitalized.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, the suspect in the shooting was identified as Mark W. Radcliffe, 68, of Anderson.
Radcliffe was arrested in Elberton, Ga. during a traffic stop.
According to the release, Radcliffe has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault and battery and one count of attempted murder.
He is currently being held in the Elbert County Jail and arrest warrants will be published once Radcliffe is extradited to Anderson County and the arrest warrants are served.
We spoke with the owners of the bar, who recounted the incident at Simon’s.
Simon’s Bar and Grill Anderson owner Donna Davin said her bar has its regulars, people who come to enjoy a cold drink and a good time.
But Davin said last night a man walked through the front door and said immediately the bouncer knew something was off.
“The guy had on a jacket, no shirt underneath, a purple hat and cowboy boots,” Davin said.
In a video provided by the owners, you see the man walk through the front door and before he can be stopped, he pulls a gun and fires at least three shots towards the patrons at the bar.
Davin said she feels lucky there were some hidden heroes in the crowd Monday night.
“Luckily, we had a nurse that was here that comes to the bar all the time, and she was able to stop the bleeding and the ambulance came,” Davin said.
After the shooter walks out of the bar, the bouncer goes outside to see what the man might do next. That’s when the man fired another round.
“When he (the man) saw Eddie, or heard Eddie, he fired more shots randomly just everywhere,” David said.
Simon’s will be opening their doors the day after the shooting. Davin said no one will stop them from serving their loyal customers a good and a safe time.
“When people come out to have a drink and have wings, that’s what they should be allowed to do. Other citizens should not compromise that and it’s absolutely wrong,” Davin said.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing at this time.