Court docs: Man shoots into Cincinnati Asian business with people inside

Court docs: Man shoots into Cincinnati Asian business with people inside
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 9:24 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 12:16 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly shooting into an Evandale Asian business with people inside, according to court documents.

Daniel Beckjord, 33, pulled up in his vehicle to Tokyo Oriental Foods Shop on Reading Road and fired several rounds into the glass with a Glock handgun, a complaint stated.

After the first few rounds, witnesses in the parking lot say they saw Beckjord walk around the building and begin shooting again.

An affidavit said that nine people were hiding in a locked bathroom inside the business during the shooting.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Beckjord in the parking lot with a pistol in his hand.

While in custody, the suspect allegedly made several comments that “did not seem to make sense,” police said.

According to officers, the suspect said he was at the business because he was the “President of Tokyo” and that “Tokyo Foods” was “not in compliance.”

Evendale Police Chief Tim Holloway said there is no evidence currently to suggest the shooting was ethnically motivated.

“When you have a report of shots being fired, obviously there is an immediate concern for safety, and as far as comparing it to the incident out in LA with the Asian victims out there, this was in front of an Asian restaurant, but at this time we have no motive to believe this is ethnically related at all,” Chief Holloway said.

Holloway says police viewed the statements as alarming and executed a search warrant inside Beckjord’s home.

Police recovered four guns and more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to police.

Evendale police searched Daniel Beckjord's home where police say they found numerous firearms,...
Evendale police searched Daniel Beckjord's home where police say they found numerous firearms, magazines, ammunition and two bulletproof vests.(Evendale Police)

At this time, Holloway says they are not sure why Beckjord had the weapons at his home or what his plans were to use them.

The 33-year-old is being held on a $600,000 bond for six counts of assaults and 10 counts of inducing panic.

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