A gunshot rang out in a Goose Creek bowling alley late Tuesday afternoon, sending patrons running outside in their multicolored bowling shoes.

Patrons at Royal Lanes at 106 Central Ave. said they heard what sounded like a gunshot in an office shortly before 6 p.m. Then they heard arguing in the office. Then they smelled gunpowder. Then they got out of there.

Dozens of officers and Berkeley County deputies were there within minutes, ushering everybody outside and across the street. Patrons and staff stood in a field across from the parking lot wondering what was going on.

"I'm not happy with whoever did this," said Stan Scott, who was bowling with his 9-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. "It made my little girl cry."

"Everybody was running for their stuff," said Zach Morris, 14. "And I had a turkey going (three strikes in a row)."

The gunman surrendered shortly after 7 p.m., Police Capt. John Grainger said. The man had been in some sort of argument with an employee in an office and fired a shot, but nobody was hurt, Grainger said.

Police did not release the man's name Tuesday night.

Patrons had to wait several hours to get past the crime-scene tape to retrieve their belongings. Some of the employees waiting outside with them promised them free games or ice cream to make up for it.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.