The suspect in a weekend robbery at a haunted trail might have been shot as he ran from the scene, according to police reports made public on Monday.
The man was pursued by an armed volunteer at the trail who fired several shots, police and witnesses said.
It was unclear whether any shots struck the suspect, who jumped into the back seat of a dark-colored, older model Chevrolet Caprice before the car sped away, police said.
The man escaped after shooting a ticket collector Saturday night at the "Trail of Terror" on Tuckaway Road off S.C. 901 in rural southeastern York County. The suspect made off with $1,500 in cash, trail organizers said.
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"Evidently, another or others were involved in the robbery," officers at the scene reported Saturday night, according to a written report.
No arrests have been made, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning.
The ticket collector, James "Doug" Rockholt, has been released from Carolinas Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.
Officers found Rockholt lying on the ground near the entrance to the haunted trail. The 56-year-old U.S. Army veteran oversaw the trail with his son, Jonathan, and a group of friends and volunteers.
A skirmish with the gunman may have prevented more bloodshed.
During the attack on Rockholt, trail volunteer Brian "Chris" Miller said he picked up a plastic lawn chair and threw it at the gunman. Miller said he hoped to stop the assailant from firing again.
Instead, the gunman turned and fired at Miller, but the bullet struck Miller's flashlight and ricocheted, Miller said. Then the gunman turned and ran.
"If I wouldn't have distracted (the gunman), Doug would be dead today," said Miller, 26.
Miller told The Herald he retrieved a gun from his car and fired at the assailant. Miller believes he may have struck the gunman in the leg, but was not sure.
"I was protecting my family and my friends," Miller said.
No other injuries were reported.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the incident was related to armed robberies at three York County convenience stores the same night.
The trail will remain open through Halloween, with part of the proceeds going to help pay Rockholt's medical expenses, volunteers said. Admission is $12.