CHESTER -- Kim Darby wondered if she'd live or die as a masked man pointed a pistol in her face Thursday morning.
Then she saw a second man with a shotgun.
"He wanted to know where the register was," she recalled about the man with the pistol. "He grabbed my arm and jacket and started pulling me to the register."
The two men entered Danny Food Mart on Pinckney Road around 7:30 a.m.
Darby was restocking merchandise when the store's doorbell sounded.
"I was in the juice area putting up some Bug juice," she said. "I got up because I heard the door open. When I came around the corner, that's when a man held a gun in my face."
After one of the men pulled Darby to the register, the other man, armed with the shotgun, stood on the other side of the counter.
"I opened the register and I told him, 'Take what you want,'" Darby recalled. "I had my hands up so he would know that I wasn't going to do anything funny. He grabbed the money out of the register and gave it to the other guy."
That man, who Darby described as tall, stuffed the money in his pocket.
The man with the pistol started to walk away from Darby when the other man told him to get the safe, she said.
"The tall guy kept yelling at him, telling him to take the safe," she recalled. "The tall guy kept pointing the gun at me, telling me to grab the safe. I said, 'I can't because it's too big. You can look for yourself.'"
He leaned over the counter and looked at the safe before deciding not to take it, Darby recalled.
Then the men fled the store, running up Pineridge Road toward S.C. 97.
Store manager Melba Carter was traveling to Chester when she got a call from another store employee.
"She said, 'Get here now. Kim Darby just got robbed,'" Carter said. "I started to cry. I was worried for Kim. I didn't know if she was hurt. I didn't know nothing."
Carter arrived at the store about 15 minutes later. The gunmen, she said, made off with about $122.
"Once they divide that between the two of them, they got nothing," Carter said. "The robbery, it was ridiculous."
Nearly five hours after the robbery, Darby was still shaking and nervous.
"They can have everything but my life," Darby said as she waited on a customer.
Chief Deputy Bernie Culpepper of the Chester County Sheriff's Office said no arrests have been made in the case, but that police have identified some people of interest.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call Chester County Sheriff's Office at 803-581-5131.