According to the legal records, the suspected man in killing a Charleston chef in a restaurant and also created hostage situation in a restaurant which was filled with tourists struggled with the mental sickness. He had been convicted twice of violent crimes, he was first convicted of a violent crime in 1980.
A 53-year-old suspected man named Thomas Demetrius Burns was shot by the police in order to over the hostage situation inside a restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. He remained admitted to the hospital on Friday, he was shot by the police on Thursday.
The authorities revealed his identity the day after he was shot, Friday. Burns entered in a restaurant with a gun in his hand at the lunchtime on Thursday, he killed the 37-year-old Virginia’s executive chef named Shane Whiddon. According to one of the owners of restaurant and authorities, the suspected man, Burns is an ex-employee of the restaurant. He was fired from his job of the dishwasher at the restaurant.
Peter Siegert IV from Galesville, Maryland who is Virginia’s customer said that the gunman was wearing a ball cap and apron, he entered to the dining room at the lunchtime and said, “There’s a new boss in town.” He was holding a revolver, Siegert said.
On Thursday, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenberg said that the suspected man has a mental illness history, the legal records — April 2010’s court document confirmed. He was charged with drug charges at that time, the judge of Circuit Court had ordered a mental evaluation as well.
In her order judge Kristi Lea Harrington wrote, “The defendant has schizophrenia and repeatedly accuses defense counsel of working against him.”
Shane Whiddon’s neighbor Terri Thomas Wall said during an interview, “He was just a gem.” Wall said, “That man would leave early in the morning and not come home until late at night.”
“He loved to fish. He was always outside when he wasn’t working. Outside with his kids or working in the yard,” Wall said.