SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office officials said a man died following a shooting Tuesday night at a convenience store.
The coroner’s office said the shooting happened at the QuikTrip, located at 2313 Reidville Road.
“If there was any reason we would have been outside, this very seriously could have potentially been one of us,” said a QT employee who wishes to remain anonymous.
An employee working there who doesn’t want to be identified told us, she first heard a loud pop but thought it was something falling off the shelf. Then, she said a man came running in.
“We didn’t realize what was going on until a gentleman ran through the store and said someone had been shot,” the employee told us.
While the details are limited about what led to those shots being fired, she told us she is still processing what happened.
“Wow this literally could have been my life on the line out there,” the employee said.
That fear trickled to surrounding businesses and their employees.
“He just said that there was a lot of commotion. He seen cops coming in and out and he was just concerned for us here,” said an employee at a nearby store, Tina.
Tina is one of a handful of people who work nearby. The same goes for Kameron Burns who is also a frequent QT customer. He told us he comes to the QT on Reidville Road almost daily and said he has never seen anything like this.
“It’s mostly quiet, you see the same people everyday. I see the same people coming in and out of the store,” said Kameron Burns.
The coroner’s office said Russell David Berry, Sr., 58, of Duncan, was shot in the torso and taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Berry died Wednesday at about 1:46 a.m. during surgery.
Berry’s death has been ruled as a homicide, according to the coroner’s office.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said, “all parties have been identified and located.” There is not any threat to the public.
The coroner’s office and the sheriff’s office will continue to investigate.
We will update this story as information becomes available.