Bail denied for man in Waffle House shooting

Deonte Steven Brown, 18, of Hollywood is charged with attempted murder in the July 16, 2012, shooting at a Waffle House on Savannah Highway.

A 19-year-old man charged with attempted murder in a weekend shooting at a Waffle House was denied bail Tuesday after a judge learned he was on probation for another weapons charge.

Deonte Steven Brown, of New Road Extension in Hollywood, faced the charge in connection with the incident that took place about 4 a.m. Sunday in a Waffle House on Savannah Highway near Main Road in West Ashley.

Charleston County Magistrate Linda Lombard denied bail after asking Brown if he currently was on probation for a weapons charge.

Brown has been on probation since April 18 for unlawful carrying of a pistol. He is being held at the Cannon Detention Center.

Brown was charged with the attempted murder of Quinton Allen, 28, of Johns Island. Allen appeared in bond court Tuesday, where he said Brown shot him in the arm. Allen declined an interview after the hearing.

Another man, 19-year-old Dontaye Reed of Ravenel, was fatally injured in the Waffle House incident Sunday. No arrests have been made in connection with his death, and the circumstances surrounding it remain unclear.

Charleston County sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Jim Brady said the investigation is ongoing, and he could not yet say how many guns or shooters were involved.

According to an arrest warrant released Monday, Allen said a man came into the restaurant and asked him for a cigarette. When he refused, the man started cursing at him. Several other males circled Allen, with one throwing a red cup in his face, the warrant stated.

Brown threw a punch at the victim, then later pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired several shots at him, the warrant stated.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Sheriff’s Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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