Customer, robber exchange gunfire

An armed robbery involving gunfire was reported early Saturday at the Time Saver convenience store in the 3200 block of Highway 701 in Loris.

According to the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the victim — 43-year-old man — said a white man wearing a hooded jacket, a baseball cap and a bandana over his face walked in the store around 4:15 a.m. carrying a semi-automatic handgun.

The victim said he ducked behind the counter and the suspect leaned over the counter and pointed the gun at him, an incident report states.

The gunman pushed two customers out of the way and demanded money from the register.

The suspect reportedly placed the gun on the counter while he personally removed the cash from the register.

He then ran out of the front door and across Highway 701, the victim told police.

One of the customers who was in the story gave the same version of events, saying the man walked in and pointed the gun at the cashier. The customer said he hid behind a shelf because he was unsure if the gunman was going to shoot the cashier.

That customer also said he has a permit to carry and was armed with a Glock 22. He said another reason he went behind the shelf is in case he had to fire on the robber.

The customer said after the gunman ran outside and yelled for him to stop.

The witness told police he heard the suspect fire a shot in his direction so he returned fire.

He said he fired five shots at the suspect but was unsure if the suspect was hit. He said the robber ran behind Horry County State Bank. He said he thinks the man had a car waiting for him at that location, the report states.

He said he saw a dark colored truck speed away form behind the bank.

A female worker at the store said she was in an office and when she heard yelling she looked out and saw the suspect pointing the gun at the cashier, the report states.

Investigators planed to review surveillance video from the bank in an effort to possibly identify the suspect.

Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to call 915-TIPS.

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