A 23-year-old James Island man arrested Tuesday in the shooting death of an NFL player's brother once struck fear in his own family members, according to sheriff's reports.
Darnell Claven Lafayette of Sol Legare Road faces charges of murder and possession of a firearm in a violent crime in the slaying of 21-year-old Tyrone Dandre Moore Jr.
Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies said Lafayette shot Moore, the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, twice outside The Lake House Club.
But details surrounding the shooting, including the motive, remain unknown, officials said Tuesday.
Lafayette is related to the man who operates the nightclub on Mosquito Beach Road, sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said. But the nature of that relationship wasn't immediately known.
Lafayette, whose 23rd birthday came a day after the shooting, has a criminal history that includes an arrest in a shooting three years ago that sent family members running for cover.
In January 2011, deputies said he got into a fight with his brother because Lafayette had pushed a child inside the family's home. At some point, he fetched a gun from his vehicle, broke a window to the home and fired inside three times, an incident report said.
His brother told deputies that he was trying to take cover when he was struck in the leg by a bullet, the report stated.
The confrontation led to a multistate search that resulted in Lafayette's capture in Florida.
But his brother declined to give a written statement about the ordeal. A first-degree assault and battery charge against Lafayette was later dropped.
He has convictions dating to June 2008 for unlawfully carrying a firearm and cocaine possession. His latest came in June 2013, when he was jailed on a charge of malicious injury to personal property.
Authorities in August 2008 arrested him in an armed robbery, but the charges against him in that case also were dropped.
Charleston County deputies were involved in each of his nine arrests.
Laying out their case in the Moore shooting, deputies wrote in affidavits that Lafayette walked up to Moore outside The Lake House Club and fired three times. Moore was hit twice.
Moore was found lying face down near a car with three shell casings nearby.
Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas announced the development Tuesday afternoon. He said deputies took Lafayette into custody before noon Tuesday at his home about a half-mile from the club.
Investigators were still trying to figure out what led to the shooting, Lucas said. They learned an altercation had sparked the gunfire, but the nature of the encounter between Lafayette and Moore wasn't known, Lucas said.
"We don't have ... a history of reports that they were having ongoing battles," Lucas said. "Right now, we believe they knew each other simply because of where they lived and the nature of the community out there."
Members of the crowd at the club that night initially said they had not seen what happened. But Lucas said several eyewitnesses later pointed at Lafayette as the gunman.
He is the only person thought to have been directly involved, Lucas said without ruling out further arrests.
The killing sparked increased scrutiny of The Lake House, which has long been a fixture of Mosquito Beach, a short strip of land with a handful of nightclubs. The club does not have a license to sell alcohol, but Lucas said he suspected that people had been drinking that night.
Deputies have increased patrols in the area since the shooting that Lucas said has been devastating for Moore's family.
"We've become sometimes jaded with the problems of young people getting killed in . environments like this," Lucas said. "It's important to remember that they have a mother and a father, brothers and sisters."
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Tyrone Moore Jr. in an udated family photo. He was shot and killed outside a James Island nightclub Saturday. May 17, 2014. (Provided/ The White family)×
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