SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — Spartanburg Police said the shooter was acting in self defense when he shot another man outside of a Spartanburg store.
Spartanburg Police officers responded to a shooting at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on East Blackstock Road.
Police said Randall Eugene Belk, 54, of Roebuck, went into the store and confronted another man. The two men had an argument inside of the store, but the man went down a different isle to avoid Belk.
Belk left the store, got a four foot long piece of lumber from his truck and waited in the parking lot for the man, according to police. When the man came out of the store, Belk started following him while carrying the piece of lumber.
The man was not aware that Belk was following him and got into his vehicle.
Belk confronted him again.
The man told Belk to get away from him, but Belk continued towards the man with the piece of lumber. Police said Belk was about four feet from the man when he shot Belk one time in the upper torso.
Belk was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses told police Belk was shot during an argument with another man.
“It appears the two men were acquaintances and knew each other prior to the argument,” Spartanburg Police Department said in a news release.
Police determined the man acted in self defense. No charges will be filed.
A Lowe’s Home Improvement spokesperson released the following statement:
We are aware of the incident involving two individuals yesterday in the parking lot of our Spartanburg store, and we are assisting Spartanburg Police with their investigation. We are thankful no Lowe’s associates were involved in the incident that took place outside the store and there were no other reported injuries. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected.Lowe’s Home Improvement