Dispute, fight preceded by double shooting at Charleston strip club, official charged | News

An assistant manager at a Charleston Upper Peninsula strip club told police he shot two men, one of whom died, in self-defense. Surveillance footage told detectives a different story.

Melshaun Antwan Robinson, 38, of Limerick Drive in Moncks Corner, has been charged with one count of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime in connection to the shooting, according to court records.

Records obtained by The Post and Courier show this is not the first time he has faced firearms charges.

Melshaun Antwan Robinson, 38, of Charleston is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office / Supplied

Arrest affidavits released on April 28 reveal several details about the shooting and the events leading up to it. They note that Robinson was an assistant manager at the King Street Cabaret who also served as a security guard.

The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. on April 25 at 1337 King St. Extension, according to affidavits.

A 30-year-old man was killed and another injured, according to an incident report. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has yet to name the deceased man.

Robinson remained at the scene, identified himself to officers, surrendered his weapon and gave a voluntary statement about the events leading up to the shooting, according to affidavits.

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He told officers he was told two men were disrespecting female staff and warned the men, according to affidavits. They agreed to move in, but an employee later told Robinson that one of the men assaulted her in a private room.

Robinson told the men to leave and escorted them to the door, according to affidavits. He got a gun from his office and walked out, telling the police he wanted to get their license plate number.

He claimed the men taunted him, came out and advanced on him, according to affidavits. When one of the men grabbed a bag to his chest, he thought the man was looking for a gun and “began to fear for his safety”.

There was a scuffle and Robinson said he shot them in self-defense, according to affidavits.

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CCTV captured “the entire shooting incident”, according to affidavits.

Robinson pulled out his gun and pointed it at the men before the fight and “physically became the aggressor” chasing the men between two parked cars, “which ignited the physical encounter that ultimately caused the shootout”, according to affidavits.

Detectives found no evidence the victims were armed, according to affidavits.

In addition to charges stemming from this month’s shooting, Robinson faces two pending counts of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person from June 2019.

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Sara Coello contributed to this report.

To reach Gregory Yee at 843-323-9175. Follow him on Twitter @GregoryYYee.

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