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72-year-old Florence man shot wife multiple times, police say

Robert W. Clark. Source: Florence County Detention Center Robert W. Clark. Source: Florence County Detention Center

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A 72-year-old man was arrested after shooting his wife several times in Florence, according to Florence Police..

Family members said for more than 40 years Robert Clark and his wife lived, ate and slept together at a home along Queens Road without any outward sign of violence, but that changed around 2 a.m. 

 “My sister, at this present time is critically injured from a gunshot wound…four gunshot wounds from her Husband,”Chireen H. Hyler said. 

Now facing one count of attempted murder, 72-year-old Robert Clark, for the most park hung his head low during his first bond hearing.

Chireen H. Hyler says “we covet everyone’s prayers because the next 24 hours are critical.”

“The facts on this case are very alarming, frightening. It was your signifignat other. I won’t go into in depth facts here today, but you are well aware. Be that as it may, I’m going to deny your bond at this time,” Judge Linward Edwards said.

Clark’s two sister-in-laws and a friend of his wifes were at the bond hearing.

 ”Your honor I’m here to defend my sister. I don’t feel like he had a right to take my sister’s life. And so I just want that to be said publicly. I’m here to support my sister because she was unable to do so today,” Hyler said.

 Police haven't releaased  a motive for the case, but Hyler saidher sister was awake after Clark shot her four times.

A set of those bullets striking her face.

Family members said they would have never thought 40 years of marriage could take a turn like this.

 “Everyone needs to be aware it can happen at your own backdoor. There has never been any violence in that marriage at all,” Hyler said.

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