VIDEO: Bar patrons take down gunman who opened fire in Palm Coast

Connor Anderson arrested, faces several charges

PALM COAST, Fla. – A Palm Coast man shot at several people at a bar after he put a woman in a headlock and pointed a gun at her head, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened Sunday at Smiles Nite Club in Palm Coast.

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“This is a prime example of not letting alcohol and firearms mix,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly told News 6. “It is never a good combination.”

The sheriff’s office said witnesses reported seeing Connor Anderson with a woman at the bar when he became angry because he could not find his car keys.

According to deputies, Anderson left the bar and came back with a gun, put the woman in a headlock and pointed the gun at her head.

“(Anderson) alleges that she had his keys. She said she did not,” Staly said.

Several people tried to take the gun away from Anderson, but he fired six times toward people, the sheriff’s office said. No one was struck by the gunfire, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said people at the bar were able to tackle Anderson before he ran away into the woods with the gun. Deputies eventually found Anderson in a nearby parking lot, where the suspect elbow crawled his way to them before being arrested, body camera video shows.

Staly added while he doesn’t know if Anderson found his keys, he knows who has his truck.

“We do! We seized it and we are going to forfeit it,” Staly told News 6.

Anderson faces six counts of shooting into or throwing deadly missiles, three 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 being held on a $50,000 bond.

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