SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office officials arrested an Inman man on several charges including attempted murder on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies were called to Eggers Funeral Home on Alabama Avenue in Chesnee around 9 a.m. on a disturbance with weapons call.
The sheriff’s office said an employee arrived to work at the funeral home and encountered an ex-employee — Gregory Scott Greene — who was armed with an assault rifle.
“The guy’s got a bag or a mask over his head. He’s got the rifle up at his arms, up on his shoulder. First time he tries to shoot it the gun jams,” said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. “He [victim] moves off to the side a little and the guy [suspect] clears the weapon and shoots one into the ground. After the guy shoots, he says don’t call the police or I’ll kill you too.”
According to the release, the employee was able to text a friend, who then called 911.
“It [weapon] had a magazine capacity of 30 rounds. You know, there could’ve been some really really bad stuff to report today,” said Sheriff Wright. “We’re thankful that it’s just a little bit of damage to the funeral home and a guy that wasn’t thinking very straight. I’m glad that’s the story today instead of a death.”
The employee reportedly got out of the business and deputies arrived on-scene. The deputies were then able to arrest him when he tried to leave in his vehicle.
“Cops were everywhere. One even had the dogs,” said Jack D. Smith, Post Commander at American Legion Post 48 across the street from the funeral home.
In an interview with a sheriff’s office investigator, Greene said he had been disgruntled with the funeral home since his employment there was terminated last month.
“He told our investigator today he got his nerve up to go back there for some sort of revenge and used a key he never relinquished to enter the back door and turn off the alarm,” from the release.
Greene was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and aggravated breach of peace.
“I’m all about second amendment rights and getting your weapons but goodness if you’re going to get those things, please make sure those are for the proper use. You go hunting with them or protect yourself but this is not the way to solve a conflict,” said Sheriff Wright.
Chesnee High and Middle School were placed on a precautionary lockdown after the incident in the area, according to a Spartanburg District 2 spokesperson. The lockdown at those schools was later lifted.
A check of previous criminal history revealed he was arrested for public disorderly conduct in 2014, DUI charges in 1999 and in 2005, as well as a trespassing charge in 2003.
“God was looking out for them today. It’s difficult for me to say that because I know what happened in California and some other things have happened recently,” said Sheriff Wright. “I don’t have an answer as to why some survive and some don’t. It’s terrible when these kinds of things happened. I know that we as a nation better get back to praying.”