A League City man told investigators he shot a fellow diner at a Clear Lake Shores IHOP for being too loud, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Paul Jesse Schonier, 40, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the Feb. 18 shooting of Nikolis Peoples, 26, of Dickinson, at an IHOP restaurant in the 400 block of FM 2094.

Witnesses told police the two men were with different parties at the restaurant and were sitting in opposite booths divided by glass, according to the affidavit.

The witnesses told police that Schonier began banging on the glass, making obscene gestures with his hands and yelling curse words at the other group, according to the affidavit.

A waitress told Schonier to pay his bill and leave, according to the affidavit.

Schonier and his wife made their way to the front of the restaurant while he continued to make comments to the other party, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses told police Schonier then left the business, while his wife stayed in the foyer and Peoples got up to make sure the couple was leaving, according to the affidavit.

Schonier returned with a .45-caliber Derringer-type handgun and fired shots through the glass door, striking Peoples in the back of the head, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses said Schonier then kicked in the glass on the door before walking away, according to the affidavit.

Clear Lake Shores police had received a report of an argument between two groups of customers after 3 a.m., Police Chief Kenneth Cook said.

Officers found Schonier waiting in the IHOP parking lot, according to the affidavit.

Schonier told police he had tossed the weapon about 50 yards from where the shooting had happened, according to the affidavit.

Schonier told police the fight began when he got irritated about how loud people in the other booth were being, according to the affidavit.

Schonier told police he couldn’t remember exactly what he had said, but remembered banging on the window and shouting an obscenity at Peoples as he was leaving, according to the affidavit.

Schonier told police that Peoples got up and started to approach him and said he would beat him up, according to the affidavit.

Schonier said that is why he got the gun and shot Peoples through the glass door, according to the affidavit.

Peoples was taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in critical condition, police said. His medical status was not available Monday.

Schonier is out of the Galveston County jail on a $50,000 bond, records show.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Doug Sivyer

Unbelievable stupidity. This is what happens when every cowboy on the prairie has a gun like they do now a days! Sad world we live in.

Ron Binkley

Blame the NRA

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