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Fort Mill shooting victim now critical

Former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers recuperates at his Fort Mill home Wednesday. Powers was shot in the face during a robbery Tuesday at John Boy's Valero in Fort Mill.
Former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers recuperates at his Fort Mill home Wednesday. Powers was shot in the face during a robbery Tuesday at John Boy's Valero in Fort Mill.

CHARLOTTE — The 54-year-old clerk who was shot Tuesday during an armed robbery at a Fort Mill convenience store is now in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Yen T. Nguyen of Rock Hill had been listed as serious.

Meanwhile, police have not made an arrest in the double shooting that on Tuesday wounded Nguyen and former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers, Capt. Bryan Zachary said.

“The case is being investigated very diligently,” Zachary said.

On Tuesday, Powers was shot in the face and Nguyen was found on the floor behind a counter at John Boy’s Valero on Spratt Street in downtown Fort Mill around 8:30 p.m.

Nguyen, a clerk at the store, gave the gunman “what she had,” an official said.

Powers, who took the time to say, ‘Hi, how are you?’ to the triggerman just before he fired his weapon and fled, was taken to CMC. He was released Wednesday.

Powers, the town’s former mayor of 24 years, was shot once in the face. Officials have declined to say where or how many times Nguyen was shot; however, a report notes that she “suffered a gunshot wound.”

Authorities have not released how much money the gunman fled with. If caught, he faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and armed robbery.

Fort Mill authorities are looking for a black man, who was dressed in all black including a black toboggan.

In Tuesday's incident, a man robbed and shot Yen Nguyen, 54, a clerk at John Boy's Valero on Spratt Street around 8:30 p.m. As the man fled, he shot 68-year-old Powers as he entered the store, according to a report from the Fort Mill Police Department.

Anyone with information about Tuesday's double shooting and armed robbery is asked to call the Fort Mill Police Department at 547-2022 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

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