Family hopes billboard will help catch 78-year-old woman’s killer

Family hopes billboard will help catch 78-year-old woman’s killer

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Three days pass and a killer is still on the streets. Police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a 78-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Myrtle Beach Mall.

The incident happened in the parking lot outside the JCPenny, Friday, but the devastation is still felt by many.

"This is not an everyday occurrence that would happen to you in broad daylight, at noon, at a shopping mall," Davis' daughter Michele Gagne said. "It's just heartbreaking."

Mae Davis' birthday was Saturday, she would have been 79.

One of the hardest parts for the family is the fact that the person responsible, is still on the street.

"It could be worse it could be more than one person next time, I mean it could be a family," Davis' daughter Shelly Wells said. "We don't know if he's done it before we don't know if he's going to do it again, but we don't want it to happen."

The family has created a go-fund-me account to raise money so they can put up billboards to search for the person responsible.

According to Horry County Police, ATF is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

It all started when Shelly Wells was taking a typical Friday afternoon shopping trip with her mom, and like any other trip, Davis wanted to wait in the car. When Wells came out of the store, she found her mother slumped over the wheel, and when she looked closer, she saw her mother covered in blood.

Davis' bag was missing from the car. The family says, Mae was a selfless person, and would have handed over her bag, if she was just asked.

"That's why this is just so senseless for us," her daughters said. "All they had to do was say give me your purse and she would have went, just take my car let me get my cigarettes."

Davis later died in the hospital, according to police.

While police still search for answers, the family is taking matters in their own hands, determined to find the person who took away, a big part of their hearts.

"I want that person to feel guilty and I want that person to hate what they did, I want them to suffer, I don't want them dead I want them to suffer because we will suffer for the rest of our lives." her daughter Wells said.

This case is still under investigation by Horry County Police.

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