A barbecue dinner will raise money for two men who were shot outside a bar near Goose Creek this summer and are unable to support their families.
The Keep the Peace Benefit is set for noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Nowhere Bar and Grill. Barbecue dinners are $5 a plate. There will be an auction and the Beanie Weenies band will perform, according to an announcement from the bar owners.
Two men walked into the members-only bar about 1:50 a.m. on July 29 and asked for a drink, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Bartenders denied the men because the bar was getting ready to close at 2 a.m., witnesses reported.
The men grew angry and yelled that they weren’t being served because they were black, an incident report states. An argument ensued between the men and some of the bar’s patrons.
The dispute spilled into the parking lot, where one of the men retrieved a shotgun and pulled the trigger, deputies said. Three people were wounded.
Jason Gourdine, 38, of Hooks Lane in Goose Creek, was charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of criminal conspiracy and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Steven Moses, 38, of Lindy Creek Road in Goose Creek, was charged with three counts of attempted murder.
Both men are out on bail awaiting trial.
Two of the men who were shot remain unable to work, according to Lori Chenoweth, whose husband, Daniel, owns the bar.
“Both families have three kids apiece,” she said. “So our local community wanted to throw them a benefit to help these families at least make it through the holidays.”
The bar is at 7128 Henry E Brown Jr. Blvd., north of Redbank Road.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.