Man fires gun inside local bar over missing car keys

The man, Connor Anderson, is in the Flagler County Inmate Facility on a $542,000 bond. No one was injured in the shooting.


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  • | 11:30 a.m. November 21, 2022
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A man was arrested after he fired six shots inside Smiles Nite Club in Palm Coast, all over a set of missing keys.

Connor Anderson, 30, of Palm Coast got into an argument with his girlfriend at the bar — located at Palm Harbor Village Way — over his missing car keys, the arrest report said. The report said Anderson went outside to calm down but returned with his gun from his vehicle.

Connor Anderson is in the Flagler County jail on a $542,000 bond. Photo courtesy of FCSO
Connor Anderson is in the Flagler County jail on a $542,000 bond. Photo courtesy of FCSO

He held the gun to his girlfriend’s head, and other patrons attempted to disarm him, according to a press release from Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson pointed the gun at several people in the club, the arrest report said, but was tackled to the ground by the several patrons.

 During the altercation, Anderson fired six shots into the bar, before he managed to run out the door, the report said. Miraculously, no one was injured.

“It is amazing this dirtbag did not kill or seriously injure anyone during his moment of rage over something as small as his car keys,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Violence is never the answer and alcohol and guns never mix well.”

Anderson was found in a parking lot on the 20 block of North Old Kings Road and was arrested without incident, the arrest report said.

Body camera footage shows the officer holding Anderson at gunpoint while ordering him to keep his hands in the air.

Anderson was arrested for 6 counts of shooting into or throwing deadly missiles, 3 counts of aggravated assault, battery, using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.

He is currently being held in on a $542,000 bail at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.

“Anderson will be learning that the hard way as he sits in jail at the Green Roof Inn,” Staly said. “I also commend the patrons that intervened and immediately called us. Putting themselves in danger in this case saved many lives.”

 

 

 

 

 

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