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Police increase manpower after deadly armed robbery

Call police if you have any information about the suspects involved in the armed robbery/homicide 915-TIPS (Source: HCPD) Call police if you have any information about the suspects involved in the armed robbery/homicide 915-TIPS (Source: HCPD)
Crime scene tape at the Sunhouse convenience store at Oak Street and Cultra Street Crime scene tape at the Sunhouse convenience store at Oak Street and Cultra Street
Black bow with white rose place on front door of store in honor of the store clerk killed. Black bow with white rose place on front door of store in honor of the store clerk killed.
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Sunhouse Convenience Store clerk was fatally shot during an alleged armed robbery Sunday night, and now police are increasing manpower to become more visible at stores around the county.

Officers from the Horry County Police Department responded to a holdup alarm at the convenience store on Oak Street, around 10 p.m. When officers arrived they found evidence of a shooting and the clerk was deceased.

According to Horry County Coroner, Tony Hendrick, the victim has been identified as Trisha Stull, 30, of Conway. Stull suffered from two gunshot wounds and died at scene.

Lt. Raul Denis, spokesperson with Horry County Police said, "[She had] just started working there and from all indications, she didn't resist, she didn't put up a fight or anything, she basically stepped out of the way and let them take whatever they wanted and they still shot her."

Earlier Sunday, at around 9 p.m., the Horry County Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Scotchman convenience store on Lake Arrowhead Road. Police said they believe the two crimes are related. 

On January 2, 2015, another Sunhouse clerk was shot and killed during an armed robbery at the convenience store. Click here for previous coverage. 

"They're really horrible crimes, neither one of these victims put up any sort of resistance; they basically would have given guys anything that they needed out that store, they had no reason to hurt anyone," said Denis.

Denis said the department has increased its manpower to make their presence more visible at stores in Horry County.

"We've assigned extra officers to detail to be out and about try to catch people committing these crimes," said Denis.

The recent homicides, and the overall increase in armed robberies, also has the department working with stores managers and employees at convenience stores to help them feel safer. 

If anyone has information on this incident, contact HCPD at 843-248-1520 or provide information on the Tip Line at 843-915-8477 (915-TIPS).

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