An Orangeburg convenience store clerk opened fire on a would-be gunman Tuesday night, sending the man to the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Josheul Allen, who has addresses in Smoaks and Orangeburg, was arrested at the Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to his left arm.

The 20-year-old man with no prior criminal history in Orangeburg County was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a crime after being cleared for detention.

Bond was set on Allen Wednesday at $5,000 cash or surety.

Law enforcement was notified of an armed robbery attempt that had taken place at the Quick Pantry located at the junction of Bamberg Road and Neeses Highway.

A store clerk told county deputies that around 9 p.m., a man wearing a black mask and carrying a handgun entered the business demanding money. The clerk told the man the store had no money, resulting in the gunman waving the handgun, according to the incident report.

While the gunman waved his weapon around, the clerk snatched his own handgun from nearby and managed to fire off a single round, the report said. The clerk told deputies that he believed his shot may have struck the would-be robber but was uncertain.

Investigators checked the store’s security video footage, which showed a black male wearing a black shirt with a front logo of “I love haters,” a black baseball cap and shorts, according to the report.

While investigators were at the store, dispatchers radioed to say a man had just checked in at the RMC emergency room with a gunshot wound. Investigators found a man at the hospital who appeared to be the one caught on the store’s video camera committing the robbery.

The man gave deputies a statement admitting to the robbery attempt, according to the report.

* Contact the writer: rwalker@timesandemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

(19) comments

WadeHampton
WadeHampton

Anyone who intends to rob at gunpoint should be charged with attempted murder. $5,000 surety bond is a joke.

bruindog88

In the county that sent a women to prison for 34 years for murdering her two sons??? They would never charge an armed robber with attempted murder. He'll probably cop a plea and get 5 years or less.

drea

Was he suppose to fire/kill the clerk for a higher bond...IJS..he'll be back out doing it again, another slap on the wrist...the clerk should of blast him to h...

bruindog88

Finally, the Orangeburg Area Gets Good News!!! Bravo to the Store Clerk. I'm going there today and fill up my vehicle.

GatorGirl

Prior record or not, The bond should have been at least $100,000. When he went in there he was prepared to kill. These judges are a big part of the problem. I hope more employees are able to defend themselves.

FmrOburgRes

What do you have to do in Orangeburg to get a serious bond? This man was armed and could have killed this clerk. God bless this clerk for putting a bullet in him. Too bad that bullet didn't strike center mass and kill said robber. I would have emptied the weapon in his sorry rear.

NouveauDebut
NouveauDebut

Kudos to the store clerk! He certainly saved his own life and maybe the lives of others who may have entered or been in the store. One can only imagine the outcome if the clerk did not have a weapon to defend himself with. Every one has the inalienable right to defend themselves by what ever means when threatened with losing their lives, and it galls me that gun control activists don't seem to understand this. That pompous, arrogant Kerry just signed a UN arms treaty and he should be fired.

TaxPayer59
TaxPayer59

Stricter gun laws are needed. Laws that state that any criminal brandishing a gun during a robbery MUST be given at least $100,000 surety bond and, if convicted, MUST serve at least a 30 yr sentence, with no parole.

NouveauDebut
NouveauDebut

You are right Tax. Those types of stricter gun laws are needed when a criminal is brandishing a gun during the act of committing a crime. I am appalled by the low bonds that are set on those who are willing to kill by way of having a firearm pointed at someone. Coddling criminals during the bond hearing is one way to guarantee that our citizenry will remain at risk once the flotsam of society makes bond, letting them roam our streets and neighborhoods at will.
Thanks Tax; Good Opinion.

TaxPayer59
TaxPayer59

You're welcome!

ccpsinsider

now ask tax what it thinks about the clerk having a cwp

tax has traditionally opposed armed citizens as being a problem.

it has railed against cwp for law abiding men and women.

you will notice it did not agree with the kudos to the clerk.

tax would have preferred that the clerk would have been unarmed and thus likely at least a victim of a robbery or worse a shooting.

TaxPayer59
TaxPayer59

@ccps --- go chew on wood. I would prefer that guns be taken out of the equation altogether! NO GUNS! It especially concerns me that pedings and YOU are running around with weapons strapped to your hips! SCARY THOUGHT! Society would be safer if psychopaths weren't able to get their hands on guns so easily.

NouveauDebut
NouveauDebut

ccpinsider, I understand your criticism of Tax because of his previously documented stances against cwp, however, I would like to point out that referring to TaxPayer59 as "it" repeatedly adds nothing to this conversation. Tax is a human being just as you and I are. You can only "assume" Tax's preferences concerning this situation. That said, I would like to hear Tax's opinion of the clerk's successful use of a concealed weapon to defend himself and his property. What about it Tax?

ccpsinsider

Anyone who refers to tax as aman is challenged anyone who refers to tax as awoman is challenge anyone who assumes taxes black is challenged anyone who assumes taxes white is challenged

TaxPayer59
TaxPayer59

Thank you for your demonstration of class. ccps' reference to me as "it" says a lot more about him/her than it does me. As for the clerk's use of a concealed weapon, I applaud it. I am against the reckless use of a concealed gun. I believe that people who use a concealed weapon irresponsibly. should be punished! That is why I am for stricter gun laws! The clerk did what he had to do. But, there are also cases where concealed weapons are used in the WRONG way.

truthorjustice

ccps: Your reply to Nouveau 18 hours ago is succinct and to the point.

A Classic.

NouveauDebut
NouveauDebut

In today's world where one completely and utterly IGNORES the statement a person makes, in this case, Tax's 9/27/13: 7:25am statement, and presents us with a History lesson on that person instead of addressing what he said relevant to the current article, it's accepted as germane instead of challenged for the type of dialogue it truly is, an attack on the individual. "A Classic"? I doubt it. It would seem that many are embracing the tactics used by politicians today.

TaxPayer59
TaxPayer59

The reply was also ignorant, which is why YOU would consider it "a classic." It falls in line with your level of intelligence. :)

dirtpoor

dictionary.reference. Anyone?

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