DA: Man fired legally owned gun inside a Denny’s, injuring several people

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Detectives have charged Justus Holmes, 24 of Syracuse, after he allegedly walked into the Denny’s in the Town of Salina, armed with a gun, and shot a man before shooting at a group of patrons and employees on Sunday morning.

On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges.

Holmes fled from the scene after injuring at least four people.

Detectives say the motive appears to be domestic related as Holmes had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend, who was among the group of people inside the Denny’s restaurant.

According to deputies, a 24-year-old was shot in the back, a 32-year-old was shot in the hand, and another 24-year-old was shot in the arm.

A fourth victim was also taken to the Upstate University Hospital for a non-shooting related injury.

10 rounds were fired, according to deputies.

Denny’s has released this statement to NewsChannel 9 about Sunday’s shooting:

“We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred at our North Syracuse restaurant this morning and the entire Denny’s family is keeping those injured in our thoughts. The safety of our guests and team members is a top priority and we are fully cooperating with local law enforcement.” 

Holmes has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

The DA’s office says he has no criminal history, but they asked for a higher bail due to the severity of the charges.

Bail has been set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

Investigators say Holmes has a pistol permit and is apparently employed as a security officer. 

A judge wants Holmes’ pistol permit suspended and his firearms surrendered. 

Detectives ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Onondaga County Sheriff’s tip line at 315-435-3051 or by sending a tip via Tip411.

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