Store clerk, husband, suspect injured in Moore County shooting
Lakeview, N.C. ó Moore County deputies detained three men and continued their search for at least one other Tuesday following an armed robbery and shooting at a convenience store that injured three people.
The robbery happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday at the Exxon Short Stop Food Mart at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Camp Easter Road in Lakeview.
Store clerk, Grace Kelly, 75, her husband, Angus G. Kelly, 78, and one of the suspects were shot during the robbery, according to Moore County Sheriff Lane Carter.
The men in custody are Leroy Richard Medley, 20, of 1193 W. Indiana Ave. in Southern Pines; Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of 572 School St. in Polkton; and Randy Joel Williams, 17, of 350 Shaw Ave. in Southern Pines. The identity of the man being sought hasn't been released.
Medley, Dennison and Williams have been charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Medley and Dennison were being held Tuesday in the Moore County Detention Center under $250,000 bonds.
Williams was taken to Moore Regional Hospital, where authorities said he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.
Chris Kelly said his grandfather often sat outside the convenience store at night, armed with a shotgun in case someone threatened his grandmother.
"Pops says he just didn't like her being down there by herself, I guess, and I really gave him a hard time. I was scared he was going to get her in trouble and lose her job," said Chris Kelly, who lives with his grandparents in Vass about two miles from the store.
According to investigators, Angus Kelly put the family dog in his Jeep Cherokee Monday night and went to the store to pick up his wife. When he saw the robbery, he grabbed his shotgun and fired a shot through the store window, shooting Williams in the face.
One of the men fled the store, and the two others used Grace Kelly as a shield to get out of the store. Thatís when, investigators said, they believe an exchange of gunfire occurred that ended with Angus Kelly being shot twice in the side and his wife in the arm.