A $100,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of firing shots inside PJ.’s Nightclub on Jan. 26 and injuring three people.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Daniel Hawkins, 30, with three counts of first-degree battery.
Hawkins, who had been sought since the incident, turned himself in on Monday but was not questioned because he asked for an attorney.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Ryan Moheb, officers were sent to the nightclub at 4:06 a.m. in response to a disturbance. When they arrived, they learned that three people had been shots and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Two shell casings and a projectile were recovered at the scene.
The victims were interviewed at the emergency room. Cordale Guy said he was working security at the club when he saw a fight between two males. He said that after breaking up that fight, one of the two men involved attempted to start another fight with a different male, then pulled out a handgun and started shooting.
Guy received a gunshot wound to the right calf.
The second victim, Alexis Moore, said she was returning to the dance floor from the restroom when she heard gunshots. She said she fell to the floor when people were trying to leave, and when she stood up, she saw blood on her right leg.
Derrick Washington, who was shot in the abdomen, said he was not involved in the altercation and was standing against the wall when he was hit.
Moheb reported that video from inside the club showed Hawkins on the dance floor sitting in a chair, then another male, who was wearing a grey hoodie, throwing a drink in the air. Hawkins is then seen pulling a gun from his waistband. The unknown male leaves, and a second male swipes at Hawkins, who then fires two shots at the male before leaving, according to the video.
Hawkins, who was represented by an attorney at the hearing, was ordered to have no contact with the victims until the case is settled. According to a check Wednesday afternoon of the Jefferson County jail log, Hawkins had been released on bond.