GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gaston County man faces a number of serious charges after police said he tried to kill six people at a Gastonia bar early Monday.
Officers said he was angry
that he had been kicked out.
Police said 22-year-old Christopher Davis rammed
his Acura into a car
and a motorcycle in the parking lot of Boulevard Beer and Ice, and then plowed
through the front doors
into the building five
“It’s the first time I’ve seen something that crazy,” said Duncan Tate, who was standing in the bar where tire tracks now lie.
Witnesses coming in for a late night snack said they had seen restaurant workers escorting a combative man outside.
Tate said he then saw Davis whip his car around in the parking lot.
“There were a couple of people on their way out and he acted like he swerved
to try to hit
them,” he said.
Tate said he heard the crash
and saw the car coming at him.
“(I thought) this can't be happening, but it was happening,” he said.
Witness Susie Bowman said the sound caused a panic
“On the inside it sounded
,” she said. “They were throwing people on top of each other, under tables and stuff. It was real scary.”
Tate said, “(Davis) did a burnout trying to push through the walls.”
The car was too wide to make it in through the second set of doors.
Tate said the only thing that stopped Davis was police approaching.
“When the lights came in the parking lot, he took off,” he said.
Police said Davis tried to get away, but they stopped him after a brief chase. They said he was too intoxicated to charge at the time. He registered a 0.13 on a blood-alcohol test, officers said.
Deputies said Davis was held in the Gaston County Jail until he could sober up. He was charged with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, injury to real property, injury to personal property and traffic offenses, including driving while impaired.