Eduardo Morales, 34, faces charges of aggravated battery and assault for allegedly opening fire and plowing into a Georgia bar after being asked to leave
A man fired his gun and drove his pickup truck through a Georgia bar during a weekend concert, leaving several patrons injuries, after he was asked to leave the venue because he was too drunk, according to reports.
Eduardo Morales, 34, was identified as the driver of the black Dodge Ram 2500 who police say plowed through 278 South Bar & Grill in the Atlanta suburb of Hiram on Saturday night.
Images of the incident’s aftermath show a black truck with what appears to be bullet holes in the front windshield.
The owner of the venue confirmed that a man drove the vehicle through the entrance, WSB-TV reported.
Hiram police said Morales had been asked to leave the bar at 11.30pm because he was intoxicated.
He left the restaurant but returned a short time later in his black Dodge Ram 2500 and began firing a weapon into the club through the window of his truck.
‘When his weapon was empty, Morales then drove the vehicle into the bar through the front doors striking numerous patrons,’ police said in a press release.
The driver plowed his Dodge Ram 2500 truck into a restaurant while firing a gun at customers in the horror incident in Hiram, Georgia, on Saturday night
One person was grazed by a bullet and another person was struck twice by the vehicle, and treated and released for injuries.
The truck stopped when it hit the bar. According to police, Morales then attempted to back out of the establishment but got stuck.
Morales allegedly tried to reload his gun, but was pulled from the truck and detained by patrons of the bar until the arrival of law enforcement.
Several people were hurt in the shocking incident, including a security guard, but all of those hurt are expected to survive. One customer had her legs crushed under the truck while another was hit by a fallen beam and sustained a head injury, customers told Channel 2 Action News.
The owner said several customers helped to remove the gun from the suspect’s hands, detaining him until the police arrived. One man who helped to do this had broken legs, according to reports.
Morales suffered minor injuries while being detained by the patrons of the bar. He was treated at Paulding Wellstar Hospital before being booking into the Paulding County Jail.
The suspect faces charges of aggravated battery and assault, and several additional counts are pending.
The incident occurred during a concert (pictured), when the suspect was asked to leave, before he arrived 20 minutes later firing a gun
Sharing a statement on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for 278 South Bar & Grill said: ‘Our hearts are broken over the events of last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.
‘We’ve always put our customer’s safety first and foremost and we are devastated.
‘We like to believe most people are good… and it showed last night. Many are heroes for their bravery and possibly stopping a situation that could have escalated even further. We will forever be grateful for these heroes.
Images of the incident show a black truck with what appears to be bullet holes damaging the front windscreen
He hit multiple customers when he drove the truck into the bar through its front doors
‘Thank you all for the calls, texts and support. Please check our page for updates on reopening as we do not have a timeline currently. Thank you again, we love you all.’
Ydon Gerneus was inside the bar at the time of the incident and recalled how Morales was kicked out by a bouncer after he was denied service and smashed two bottles together.
Gerneus said that the suspect returned after 20 minutes when they heard two gunshots, adding: ‘Me and my partner fell to the floor. All you hear is glass breaking and people screaming and the car comes in through the front door.’
Police said some customers ran from the scene before they arrived and are encouraging those to get in touch with investigators on 770-943-3807.
Morales allegedly tried to back out of the restaurant, but the truck had become stuck, so he tried to reload the gun instead
Police said some customers ran from the scene before they arrived and are encouraging those to get in touch with investigators on 770-943-3807