By DEUCE NIVEN
An assistant manager at the Hill’s grocery store in Loris was shot and killed during a break-in robbery there early this morning, business owner Dewey Hill said.
Mack Norris and at least three other employees were already at work inside the Broad Street business when a hooded man broke a window at the front door and gained entry, confronting Norris and the office bookkeeper and manager, demanding access to the store safe, Hill said.
“He asked Mack about opening the safe, and Mack told him he couldn’t open it,” Hill said. “He shot Mack in the leg.”
When the robber turned the gun on the female office manager “Mack jumped in front of it,” Hill said. “The guy stood over Mack and shot him again to make sure he was dead.”
With the gun to her head, the office manager opened the safe and the man grabbed some cash, Hill said. Two other employees who had been at work at the back of the store responded to the gunfire, and the robber left through the back door, possibly fleeing on foot.
“They’ve had an extensive search for him,” Hill said.
Norris, 49, was a long-time Hill’s employee.
“He’s been with us almost all of his entire life,” Hill said.
“This is so sad, this is a good bunch of people,” Hill said. “They work hard, they take care of their customers. This is horrible.”
Hill, who has been in the grocery business for more than a half-century, said he had never lost an employee to crime.
Norris obituary can be found here.
See the April 30 Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online for the complete story, and check back here for updates as events warrant.
Editor’s note: This story was published first, this morning, with the victim identified, and later with his name removed, because of a miscommunication and uncertainty involving confirmation that all of his family members had been notified. It does not appear that anyone was inappropriately notified as a result, but I do sincerely apologize for the untimely publication of his name. DN