Friday, December 19, 2003

St. Stephen, South Carolina

From Columbia's of December 19, 2003

Coroner: wounded St. Stephen liquor store robber kills self in parking lot

The Berkeley County coroner says a masked gunman, who was wounded when he tried to rob a liquor store in St. Stephen, killed himself.

Coroner Glenn Rhoad says Claude Gunnells was opening the store Thursday morning, when a man with a mask and a gun entered the store.

Rhoad says 18-year-old Charles J. Williams, Junior, of Alvin demanded money. The coroner says the men exchanged gunfire and Williams was hit in the neck as he ran out of the store. Rhoad says while Gunnels was calling police, he heard a shot in the parking lot.

The coroner says Williams shot himself in the head with his own gun. He says Williams never lost control of his own gun and it was in his hand when police arrived.

Prosecutor Blair Jennings says he's waiting for police to finish their investigation before deciding if charges will be filed.

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