NC store clerk shoots man who was in a ‘rage’ and assaulted workers, deputies say

Desmond Syrill Bryant of Oriental. WNCT photo

ORIENTAL, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies in Pamlico County say a shooting Thursday afternoon happened after a man entered a store in an apparent rage and attempted to assault two store employees.

The incident happened around 1:22 p.m. at the Mack’s Mini Mart on Broad Street in Oriental.

The man who was shot had been released from prison less than a week earlier, according to online records.

Communications say the 911 call from one of the employees said that someone was trying to kill him and that a shooting had taken place. Moments later, they got another call that the shooting victim, Desmond Syrill Bryant of Oriental, had entered the store and attacked the clerk, had been shot, and then fled the scene on foot.

Deputies found that Bryant had fled on foot to a nearby residence, where he was located and found to have what appeared to be two gunshot wounds, one to the arm and one to the upper chest.  He was taken by Pamlico County EMS and transferred to East Care, where he was flown to Vidant Medical Center.  He’s currently listed in serious condition.

Witnesses told deputies that Bryant came into the store after banging on the front door several times.  He then entered the store in an apparent rage and attempted to assault the two store employees, deputies said.

One of those employees retrieved a handgun from behind the counter and fired one shot, striking Bryant.  That’s when Bryant fled the store.

No charges have been filed in the incident and the shooting remains under investigation.

According to online records, Bryant was released from prison on May 6 and was under parole for a separate issue.

He’s been convicted of drug possession, speeding to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, drunk and disorderly, as well as a hit and run.

Original Story 5/12/2016:

According to Lt. Scott Huston with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, a man was shot in the upper chest and arm while inside of a store in Oriental.

The shooting took place around 1:20 p.m. on Highway 55. He ran away after being shot, then ran into a house and the residents called 911.

Deputies talked to the store owner, two other witnesses, as well as a clerk.

The victim is at New Hanover Hospital and his condition is unknown.

Officials don’t believe the incident was a random shooting. If you have any information, call the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at 252-745-3101.

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