Greenville Co. shooting victim described as friend, always smiling

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GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) — The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said a man has been charged with murder after a shooting left one person dead Monday afternoon in Greenville County.

Deputies said 69-year-old William Douglas Louris has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

Arrest warrants released by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office say that Louris has been charged with murder after they “documented evidence implicating the defendant, [Louris], murdered the victim with malice aforethought on September 27, 2021 when the defendant shot the victim with a handgun causing fatal injuries.”

According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the shooting scene on Gandy Avenue in Taylors shortly after 4:45 pm.

Investigators said a man was found in the road in front of a home with at least one gunshot wound.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said that person was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.

The victim was later identified as Ahmad Mahmoud Oweid Abuzahri, 45, of Taylors by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.

Friends of Abuzahri said he was the type of guy you could always rely on.

“Anytime I needed help he would be one of the first ones I would think about,” said President of the Islamic Society of Greenville, Zafer Mohiuddin. “He was a great guy. He was my very close friend. A very nice person, very helpful. Always smiling.”

“He’s a generous guy. He’s very helpful. Like he can help people anytime. If you need him in the middle of the night he’s jumping on you to help,” said Abuzahri’s friend, Ahmad Elrashidi. “You see we came out here today to feed the animals because he was the only one that took care of the animals.”

Abuzahri belonged to the Islamic Center of Greenville. Several members of the church arrived at the scene Monday after learning about what happened.

Many are still in disbelief of the news.

“When we heard that we got shocked. Just, how did that happen? And the guy that did that, he has no mercy for doing that,” said Elrashidi.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Louris will receive another bond on the two new charges.

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