A man who left the Shark Lounge in a huff early Thursday, upset with his strip club experience, returned with a gun and shot a hole in the building, police said.
Just before 2 a.m. two men told police a gunshot fired from a red sport utility vehicle struck the Shark Lounge, 730 E. International Speedway Blvd., right above their heads. Neither man was hurt.
Employees of the club told police that Krishna Swamy left the bar’s VIP area upset then tried to leave the Shark Lounge carrying a beer.
When employee Rosemary Sandberg stopped Swamy, 48, at the door, he got more agitated.
According to his arrest affidavit, Swamy then flung his drink at Sandberg, got into his Ford Explorer, grabbed a .30-06 rifle equipped with a scope and fired above the heads of employees Evelyn Sinka and Peter Lutz, hitting the building just below the Shark Lounge sign.
Swamy — whom police said is mentally ill — then squealed his SUV’s wheels and headed west on ISB, police said.
Once over the Broadway Bridge, police started after him where the ride became more wild.
Swamy, who lives in Umatilla, tried to elude police with a U-turn on Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill.
He lost control at Second Street and hit two vehicles in a used car lot, police said.
When Swamy headed back into Daytona Beach, police threw down stop sticks at North Ridgewood Avenue and Bay Street.
Both of the SUV’s driver’s side tires were flattened but Swamy kept going, police said.
He headed west again on ISB and made it to Longhorn Steakhouse, not far from Interstate 95, where he crashed into a ditch.
Two officers and a police dog apprehended Swamy, who was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Police, who also found two shotguns and ammunition in Swamy’s SUV, say he admitted to shooting his weapon, the report states.
Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Swamy has a record, including an arrest for battery on a law enforcement officer.
Swamy is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle, using or throwing a destructive device for bodily harm or property damage, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing and eluding.