HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police are searching for three men believed to be responsible for killing a man in a Longs Food Lion parking lot, stealing a car and committing several robberies Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department.
Police responded to the Food Lion located at 110 East Highway 9 after receiving a report of a carjacking and homicide. According to the release, a man armed with a gun confronted a store employee in the parking lot and demanded the employee unlock the store. Police say at the same time, two other armed men confronted a person sitting in a car in the parking lot, and when he tried to flee, the suspects fired into the vehicle, killing the victim. The suspects then stole a grey Nissan Altima with South Carolina tag "PFP-140" and fled the scene, the release notes.
Police say a short time later, another armed robbery occurred in the Loris area, this time at the Carolina Inn.
"I got a call last night around 12 o' clock. The guy that was working here seemed like he was really scared. He had called me and told me they had just got robbed," said Raheem Riggins, manager of the Carolina Inn. "That was terrible how somebody could come out and rob when we have to get out and work every day."
The deadly crime spree didn't end there. Police say the three men took the stolen car to Fox Bay Road where they found a man with a broken-down car on the side of the road and robbed him.
The final stop for the three men, according to police, was at a gas station in Chadbourn, N.C. Surveillance footage shows the men got away with the cash register. HCPD Deputy Chief Kenneth Davis said they're looking for the public's help in this case.
The stolen car was located on August 18, Harrelson says. Police did not specify where the vehicle was found.
"We're enthusiastic about pursuing leads in this case," Davis said. "If anyone has any information that they could provide to us or has any information that would be helpful to us, we invite them to call our 843-915-TIPS number."
In a statement released Thursday morning, Food Lion said:
According to Donald A. Wood with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI's Columbia Division is assisting the Horry County Police Department.
If you have any information on these incidents, contact Horry County police at 843-915-TIPS, or at email@example.com . If you see the suspects or the vehicle do not approach. Instead, immediately call 911.