Two families who were victims of a senseless shooting outside a Berkeley County bar last summer are struggling to make ends meet as the holidays approach.
Dozens of friends gathered Sunday to support them.
The Keep the Peace Benefit at the Nowhere Bar and Grill near Goose Creek was also a call for people to think of the consequences before pulling out guns, according to organizer Lori Chenowith, whose family owns the bar. It was also a chance for regulars to stress that this kind of thing usually doesn’t happen there.
David Bohannan was hit by a shotgun blast in the right arm. His wife, Stacey, was hit in the upper back. They have three boys, 10, 12 and 14. They’ve been staying with his parents.
David is a carpenter. His arm is in a cast up to his elbow. He’s been through several operations and is starting to be able to move his fingers. Doctors tell him he might be able to get back to work in April, he said.
David let Stacey do most of the talking. Her back is scarred, but she said most of her damage is emotional. She smiled for a photograph but cried when asked how she was doing.
“It’s been hard,” she said. “The boys don’t deserve this. I’ve never been to a food pantry in my life until now. We’ve signed them up for Toys for Tots. It’s been a very humbling experience for us.”
Frank and Bunny Bohannan, his parents, were shocked when they got the call that there had been a shooting at their favorite bar.
“We’ve been coming here for 20 years and never had anything like this happen,” Frank said.
Another man with three children was also shot and remains unable to work. The benefit also raised money for his family. He wasn’t comfortable talking to a reporter about it.
Here’s what happened that night, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Two men walked in about 1:50 a.m. on July 29 and asked for a drink. Bartenders said no because it was almost 2 a.m. closing time.
The men got mad and yelled that they weren’t being served because they were black. An argument spilled into the parking lot, where one of the men got a shotgun and pulled the trigger. 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.
Anybody who wants to help the families who were hurt can reach Chenowith at the bar at 764-1554.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.