— A mother suffered critical injuries after being shot in the head by a robber while working at a convenience store in Chesterfield County Sunday night.
Pageland Police Chief Larry Brown told The Herald’s news partner, Channel 9, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. at the La Tienda store on West McGregor Street.
Brown said 30-year-old Maria Aguilar was shot in the head and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition. She was described as a longtime employee at the store.
A witness told police a black man came into the store and demanded money and that after Aguilar gave him cash, he shot her. The chief thinks the gunman may have panicked and shot Aguilar to prevent her from calling 911 as she reached for her phone.
The gunman is described as roughly 5 feet, 5 inches tall and was wearing a gray hoodie or toboggan. He was also wearing a gray shirt with navy pants or shorts.
"Everybody knows each other for the better part and for this to happen on a Sunday afternoon is kind of frightening and shocking" said Brown, who told Channel 9 he was friends with Aguilar.
K-9 units tracked the scent of the suspect to West Elizabeth and North Maple streets but police think the gunman drove off in a vehicle from there.
Police said there were no surveillance cameras inside or outside the store and were trying to find any cameras from nearby businesses that could help with the investigation.
Residents in the area were alerted to the crime after police implemented their reverse 911 system.