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Sumter store owner charged with attempted murder in afternoon shooting

Police said a patron was grazed by a bullet but was airlifted to a Columbia hospital as a precaution.

SUMTER, S.C. — The Sumter Police Department say a convenience store owner has been arrested and charged in a shooting that happened on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. in the area of South Guignard Drive at Fat Boys Express convenience store. According to a statement released by police later in the afternoon, a 61-year-old patron of the business was found with an apparent graze wound. He was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia as a precaution.

Based on a preliminary investigation, the owner and clerk of the store, 45-year-old Chau Ngoc Phan, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Based on the initial investigation, police said that Phan and the patron had been in an argument leading up to the shooting. Phan is now in custody at the local jail. The investigation is still underway.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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