WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Convenience store clerks in the Tri County area are paying extra close attention after several shootings.
In the last week, three convenience store clerks were shot.
One was killed, another held hostage and third was taken to a hospital.
Michelle Broad has been working at the Exxon convenience store on Mary Ader Avenue for about four months.
For Broad, it's her first real job.
She's heard about the recent shootings.
"It worries me a lot, just wondering if anyone would come in, try to rob us, hurt us in any way," Broad said.
Santos Morthy has the same concerns.
Morthy works at the quick stop on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
"Working right here, too much safety issues going on right here," Morthy said.
Morthy has never been held up, but says if he's ever confronted by an armed robber, he will know what to do.
Broad says she also will know how to react.
"Don't try to argue. Don't try to fight back, just do what they tell you to do."
She's also learned to size up customers who are not regulars.
Every time a person comes in, I look them up and down, make sure I don't see anything strange on them, something I'm not comfortable with," Broad explained.
With a string of convenience store shootings, it's a reason for the two clerks to be even more careful.
"What can I say about that, I'll be more careful," Morthy said.
"On my guard, definitely on my guard," echoed Broad.