Lawrence man facing several felony charges after reported shooting

photo by: Mackenzie Clark

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., is pictured on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

A Lawrence man arrested late Wednesday after a reported shooting was charged Friday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.

Charles Darnell Thomas II, 35, has been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated endangerment of a child. All of the charges are felonies.

Lawrence police were dispatched to the 1900 block of East 19th Street just after 11 p.m. Wednesday for a reported shooting, the Journal-World reported Thursday. Police said no one was struck during the shooting.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Eve Kemple said multiple children were inside a residence when the “firearm was discharged several times.” She said she had an “extreme concern for community safety,” and she asked the judge to set Thomas’ bond at $200,000 cash or surety.

Despite Thomas’ request for an own-recognizance bond, the judge agreed to Kemple’s request for a $200,000 cash or surety bond.

Should Thomas make bond, he is to have no contact with any of the alleged victims or non-law enforcement witnesses, and he would be subject to house arrest with electronic monitoring. He is also not to possess any firearms, the judge instructed him.

As of Friday afternoon, Thomas remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, July 13.

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