HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A customer at a local convenience store was shocked after walking into an armed robbery in progress Tuesday morning and being shot during the crime.
The victim has not been identified, but Horry County Police say the individual was rushed to the hospital after being shot at a Kangaroo Express gas station.
HCPD Lieutenant Keith Strickland said the robbery and shooting happened just before 5 a.m. at 7020 Highway 90 at a Kangaroo Express. According to a report, three men with guns went up to an employee as he was checking on garbage and put a gun up to his head. They then reportedly forced him inside and to get on the ground as they tried to go toward the cash register.
Moments later, a customer walked in and was shot in the leg, Strickland said.
Surveillance footage showed a suspect shooting the victim, according to the report.
Police say soon after the shooting, the three men ran out the back of the store. At this point, Strickland adds, police don't know if the gunmen got into a getaway car nor do they have a good description of the suspects.
Crime scene units remained on the scene collecting evidence throughout the morning.
Kiera Marsh worked as a cashier at the Wilco-Hess across the street from the Kangaroo. She quit Wednesday after hearing about the incident.
"It's too scary. You hear about people getting hit at gas stations way too much and we're right in the middle and then this happens this morning. I can't do it," said Marsh.
She wasn't surprised an innocent bystander was hurt in the crime.
"People don't really care. If you're walking into a shooting or something you're the target now. They don't want you to say anything or do anything to them so they're gonna hit you first." she said.
A few doors down from the Kangaroo, workers at Total Look Barbershop were talking about the robbery.
"If it happens you know I'm not gonna fight it. I'm just gonna give it up and try to remember everything and report it," said barber Curtis Riddick.