Update: suspect identified after shots fired inside pawn shop

Pictures of scene at Big Buck's Pawn Shop after the shooting. Courtesy News2 viewer

UPDATE: Police have identified the man arrested in connection with a gun fired inside Big Buck’s Pawn Shop on College Park Road in Ladson.

Police say a man entered the store just  after 4 pm and asked to see an AR-15 rifle. While inspecting the weapon, he took out a loaded magazine he had on his person and inserted it into the gun. He then began shooting into the store and at two employees. A store employee returned fire from his own firearm as the suspect fled the store.

Deputies arrested Gregory Franklin Westfall behind the store in a wooded area. They say he still had the AR-15 and was wearing ballistic armor when he was taken into custody without incident.

Police also say Westfall made several statements about 9-11 and that Russians were sending him messages.

The Charleston County Bomb Squad assisted in clearing the contents of the suspect’s Dodge Ram pickup truck and book-bag.

The FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosive were called for assistance.

Westfall faces 2 charges of attempted murder, a weapons charge, and an armed robbery charge. He is being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

He is expected in bond court on Wednesday.

Image courtesy News2 viewer


BERKELEY, SC (WCBD) – A suspect is in custody after opening fire inside a pawn shop.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Monday a suspect went into Big Buck’s Pawn Shop, located at 113 College Park Road in Ladson and began shooting.

Police say the subject had a long gun/rifle and fired multiple shots inside of the store.

The suspect is now in police custody.

No one was  injured during the incident .

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