Surveillance video from Carolina Inn shows moment when armed robbers held up clerk

Suspects at large after homicide, carjacking and armed robberies in Longs and Loris (Carolina Inn)

Horry County police are investigating a homicide and a carjacking in a Food Lion parking lot on Highway 9 outside of Longs, according to a news release.

Officers were called to the store at 110 East Highway 9. Victims told police that one man, armed with a gun, confronted a store employee in the parking lot and demanded the employee unlock the store, according to police.

At the same time, victims told police that two other armed men confronted a person sitting in a car in the parking lot. When the driver tried to leave the area, the men fired into the vehicle killing the driver, according to police.

The men then stole the car and left the area. Police said the car is a grey Nissan Altima with a South Carolina license plate reading "PFP 140."

Police said the incidents at Food Lion happened between 10:15 p.m. and 11 p.m.

A short time later, two other armed robberies happened in the Loris area, one at the Carolina Inn in Loris and one on a person who had a broken down car on Fox Bay Road, according to police.

Police believe the robberies are all connected and committed by the same people involved in the Food Lion incident.

It is also believed that not long later these same individuals robbed a store in Chadbourn, NC. They are believed to have still been operating the vehicle stolen from the Food Lion incident, according to police.

The Horry County Police Department is asking anyone with information related to any of these incidents to contact us at 843-915-TIPS, or at .

If you see these individuals or vehicle please do not approach, immediately call 911.

The Horry County Coroner's Office said they will release the name of the victim on Friday pending notification of family.

ABC 15 reached out to Food Lion for comment.

They told us:

Our focus is on offering our Food Lion associates the support and care they and their families need during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of our associates. We appreciate the work of local law enforcement and will continue to support their efforts however we can.
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