UPDATE: The charge against Haleigh Nicole Cardoze was dropped at her preliminary hearing. Her attorneys say she was merely present at the wrong time.
Three people have been arrested after one of them hit another with a beer bottle early Sunday morning at a Summerville nightclub, then opened fire on the customers trying to usher him outside, police said later in the day.
Lamont Robert Coardes, 24, of Summerville, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, along with one count of second-degree assault and unspecified weapons violations. Haleigh Nicole Cardoze, 21, also of Summerville, and Jodie Lane Harrell, 25, of Alabama, are each charged with three counts of accessory after the fact of attempted murder.
Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said all three were arrested at 102 Evance Ct. in Summerville.
Two people were wounded by the gunfire at Crawdaddy's at 1525 Trolley Road, Summerville Police Department Lt. Cassandra Williams said.
The seriousness of the victims' injuries was not immediately known.
The authorities released surveillance images of the alleged gunman and two women wanted on suspicion that they fled with him after the shooting before they were all three arrested.
Nightclubs have been a significant source of violence in the Lowcountry in recent years, and many of the episodes have proven fatal. Deaths at clubs make up about 5 percent of the total slayings in the tri-county area since 2001, according to The Post and Courier's homicide database.
Of 730 homicides during that time, 36 were attributed to violence at nightclubs, the newspaper's data show.
Summerville police officers were first called around 1:48 a.m. Sunday to Crawdaddy's, a club and restaurant that serves Cajun-style cuisine. The business is situated in the Trolley Square shopping complex just north of Midland Parkway.
During the call to the police, someone said a patron had hit another customer in the head with a beer bottle, Williams said in a statement. It's also not known how badly hurt the assault victim was.
Customers were escorting the attacker outside when someone noticed that he was reaching for something, Williams said.
“The male suspect then fired multiple shots at the patrons escorting him, causing injuries to two victims,” Williams said in the statement.
The police got a second call about the gunfire minutes after the first caller complained of the beer bottle attack.
Melissa Boughton contributed to this report. Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.