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Fort Mill Police release image of store shooting suspect

This still shot taken from video segments released by Fort Mill Police shows the suspect in the Feb. 5 robbery and shooting at the John Boy's Valero store in downtown Fort Mill. Another image of the holdup can be seen on page 4A. Please note: some readers might find that image too graphic.
This still shot taken from video segments released by Fort Mill Police shows the suspect in the Feb. 5 robbery and shooting at the John Boy's Valero store in downtown Fort Mill. Another image of the holdup can be seen on page 4A. Please note: some readers might find that image too graphic.

FORT MILL -- Police have released video of the man wanted in connection with a double shooting earlier this month at a Fort Mill convenience store.

"We wanted to get this out in the hopes that possibly someone may recognize the way the person carries himself, his walk or his mannerisms," Capt. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department said.

Officials are looking for a black man, who was dressed in all black, including a black toboggan, in connection with a Feb. 5 double shooting at John Boy's Valero on Spratt Street in Fort Mill.

Store clerk Yen Nguyen and former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers were shot during an armed robbery.

Powers, who was shot in the face, was released the next morning from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Nguyen, shot in the stomach, remained in fair condition Thursday at CMC, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police have not made an arrest in the case but say it has similarities with another shooting that happened in late January at a Rock Hill seafood market. Police also are investigating similarities with a robbery and shooting Thursday at a Rock Hill check cashing business.

Meanwhile, John Boy's remained closed Thursday. "Will reopen soon," a sign on one of the double glass doors promised. A giant "get well soon" card was posted on the second door.

If caught, the man in the video faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and armed robbery. The latter charge could carry up to a 30-year prison sentence, said Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson of the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Anyone with information about the 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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