Victim shoots suspect in attempted armed robbery


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A suspect is in the hospital this morning following an attempted armed robbery near Factory Stores Boulevard, according to Horry County Police.

The suspect was shot when they tried to rob an armed victim Thursday night, according to tweets from the department.

An official at the scene, Watch Commander Gregory Hutchins, told WMBF News the incident happened outside of Grand Strand Baptist Church, which is located near the Tanger Outlets off of Hospitality Lane.

There is no word on the suspect’s condition at this time.

??are inv’g an armed robbery near Factory Stores Blvd. SUS attempted to rob an armed VIC. Shots were fired. SUS at hospital. Condition unkwn.

— Horry County PD (@horrycountypd) September 29, 2017

This was an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public, according to HCPD tweets.

Shooting near Factory Stores Blvd is an isolated incident that poses no threat to the community at large.

— Horry County PD (@horrycountypd) September 29, 2017

There was an active scene off of U.S. 501 near Tanger Outlets throughout the night Thursday and into the early morning Friday including multiple police, fire and paramedic units. The entrance to Tanger Outlets was also roped off with crime scene tape along Waccamaw Pines Drive.

The scene was clear as of 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Hanna Sellers, who works third shift at the Krispy Kreme store off U.S. 501, said she was getting out of her car at 10:56 p.m., right before the start of the shift, when she heard between six and eight gunshots.

“I didn’t think it was gunshots at first,” Sellers said.

Jerry Pelfrey, an associate pastor of Grand Strand Baptist Church, explained what happened after the shots rang out.

“And at that point the person from our church that was involved followed him, asking him what he could do to help, ‘let me call an ambulance,'” Pelfrey said. “At that point one of our other members called an ambulance; we had a medic on the scene and at that point he went out and treated the young man.”

Pelfrey said they knew the man that was shot was allegedly the armed robber.

“Yes, everybody knew I mean what was going on because again we’re in the people business,” Pelfrey said.

Carolee Mason, who is the third-shift manager at that location, said her employee came inside scared after hearing the gunfire.

“All of a sudden … we were taking a customer’s order and all of a sudden everybody (first responders) started coming,” Mason said.

According to Mason, she called Horry County dispatch to see if a suspect was in custody, or if they needed to lock their doors.

Mason said she was informed that a suspect was in custody. She added she did lock the doors for around three minutes while on the phone with dispatch.

Pelfrey said the shooting wouldn’t hamper the event scheduled this weekend at the church.

“We’re here to love the community, in fact we’re having this big event for the community this weekend and that’s what we’re here for, we’re setting up for the event and this just happened and this was just bad timing, ” Pelfrey said.

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