Report: Gun pointed at customer during mask dispute at Surfside Beach Piggly Wiggly

Report: Gun pointed at customer during mask dispute at Surfside Beach Piggly Wiggly
The Surfside Beach Police Department are searching for the man in the black shirt who they said is connected to the assault. (Source: Surfside Beach Police Department)

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A question about a mask inside a Surfside Beach Piggly Wiggly escalated to an assault involving a gun, according to a police report.

Surfside Beach police released surveillance pictures on Wednesday of a man who they are looking for connected to an assault.

WMBF News obtained the police report connected to the case, which provides more information on what led up to the assault.

Officers were called on Sept. 12 to the Piggly Wiggly where they learned one customer had assaulted another customer.

Police spoke to the victim who said that he noticed the man was not wearing a mask and asked him why.

“The victim stated that he then said that you have to wear a mask,” the police report states.

Two cashiers who witnessed the incident told officers that the offender got a defensive and “freaked out” and then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim’s head.

According to the police report, the man put the gun back in his pocket and hit the victim four to five times in the head and then took off without paying for items from the store.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Don Sliker at 843-913-6349.

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