Customer in Lynchburg store killed while armed robbery suspects fled

LYNCHBURG, SC (WIS) A customer at a store in Lynchburg was fatally wounded during an armed robbery Monday, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Anthony Dennis said three males wearing ski masks entered the Money Saver on Lyches River Road and started shooting. The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the store.

Dennis also said the suspects shot two customers as they were fleeing the scene and one of those customers was killed. The victim was identified as 27-year-old Jayshawn Thompson.

The sheriff's office said 24-year-old Arris Smalls of Coward was shot in the shoulder as he walked into a gas station off of Interstate 95 in Lynchburg while three men in ski masks were robbing it.

Deputies say Smalls fell on the ground outside, and Thompson helped him into a car. They drove away but got stuck in a ditch. Deputies say the robbers came to the car and pulled Thompson out of it. Thompson was shot during a struggle. The suspects ran away with an unknown amount of money.

An investigation into this incident continues. The identities of the three suspects remain unknown.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 803-436-2718 or the sheriff's office at 803-436-2790.

Copyright 2011 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.