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.
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 .