Shane Whiddon, chef at Virginia's on King, dies after shooting at Charleston restaurant

Shane Whiddon Executive Chef - Virginia's on King (

Confirming multiple witness reports, the Charleston County Coroner's Office has revealed a man killed Thursday in a shooting at a King Street restaurant was the executive chef there.

Anthony Shane Whiddon, 37, was pronounced dead at the Medical University of South Carolina after a person described as a "disgruntled employee" walked inside Virginia's on King restaurant, and shot him, police say.

Whiddon was the executive chef at Virginia's on King, a traditional Southern "comfort food" restaurant just up from Marion Square. According to his biography provided by the Holy City Hospitality group, he leaves behind a wife and two sons.

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A description on the Virginia's on King website says the following about Whiddon:

"Shane Whiddon’s passion for the kitchen was influenced by his love for hunting, fishing, gardening, and time spent with family and friends. He has a true appreciation for the ritual of breaking bread, which was instilled in him by his grandmother’s passion for providing meals that created memories."

Police have not named the suspect accused of coming into Virginia's, shooting Whiddon, then taking a hostage before being shot by police. The suspect was taken to MUSC in critical condition after the confrontation with officers. His condition at this time is unknown.

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The shooting was first reported at 12:17 p.m. King Street between Calhoun and Morris streets was blocked to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for nearly 12 hours as multiple law enforcement agencies worked the scene.

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