COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT/WMBF) – Three men from South Carolina have been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a cashier in Tabor City Sunday night.
According to the investigation report, 42-year-old Abdo Qoria was found shot and killed inside the R&R Convenience Store around 10:00 p.m.
Officers said the found the cashier behind the counter when they arrived. They tried to revive the victim, but rescue crews found no signs of life.
Money from the register and two pistols were found laying in the floor next to the victim, according to the investigation report.
[Read the investigation report (PDF)]
Qoria's family members say he had only been working in the store for about three weeks. His brother said Qoria was considering buying the store, but wanted to work there before he made a final decision.
The cashier leaves behind six children who live in Yemen.
Deborah Hammonds, who owns a different convenience store just outside of Tabor City, said she tries to take extra precautions to prevent something like this from happening in her store.
"We're very cautious and we watch people around corners," said Hammonds. "We have 911 on stand by. We close early, and I try and have more than one person working."
Hammonds said she's stunned by the death, but is not surprised police believe robbery may have had something to do with it. She says there's been about four robberies in the past week.
Joshua Weatherspoon, 20, Xzavia Parker, 19 and Elias Collins, 22, have been arrested in connection with the investigation. A fourth person, Franklin Crawford, 24, faces robbery charges.
Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said officers responded to the Loris Community Hospital around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting victim. Investigators say it appears Quoria may have shot Collins.
Upon further investigation, officers determined the victim's explanation of the gunshot was not credible, and was then able to connect the victim to the armed robbery and homicide at the convenience store in Tabor City.
After further investigation, officers found evidence to implicate the victim as well as three others in various armed robberies in Horry Co., Myrtle Beach, Georgetown and North Carolina.
Denis said the Horry County Police Department was assisting the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations in the Tabor City robbery/homicide case as well as other agencies.