Boy shot and killed in alleged robbery attempt
A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed and two other teens wounded as gunfire erupted inside a Cherokee County café this morning when armed employees took on three robbery suspects, a sheriff’s captain said.
The suspects entered Sonny’s Café at 1103 Cherokee Ave. around 3 a.m. and robbed the employees, said Capt. Tim Hartman. Two employees were armed with handguns, he said, and the shooting started as the suspects were about to leave.
Deputies found two weapons used by the suspects and believe a third was used but not yet found, Hartman said.
All three suspects were shot, he said. One 16-year-old ran to a house on 6th street and died. His identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.
A second suspect, an 18-year-old man, ran away and then was taken to Mary Black Hospital in a private car, Hartman said. Deputies arrested him at the hospital. The suspect, whose name could not immediately be confirmed by warrants, is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a charge of armed robbery, Hartman said.
A third suspect was treated by EMS and taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for surgery. He is 16 but will be charged as an adult with armed robbery, Hartman said.
The café was robbed Wednesday, and a suspect was arrested and charged with armed robbery in that incident, Hartman said.