CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There was lots of sadness Friday in Charleston's City Market where workers were stunned to hear about the murder of one of their colleagues.
Fifty two year old Janet Royal worked in the Market's maintenance department for two and a half years.
North Charleston Police say Royal was one of three women who were shot New Year's day when shots were fired through their front doors or windows.
One of the other women was also killed.
Assistant Director Lee Gilliard says news of Royal's murder sent shock waves through the market.
"We were devastated. To know Janet, to know the person that she was, her generosity, her professionalism, you can't imagine that something like this would happen to such a good person," Gilliard said.
According to a police report, Royal's son told them he heard knocking and when she went to answer the front door, he heard several gunshots go off.
Officers found the woman lying on the floor. She died at MUSC.
A nine year old was asleep inside the house during the shooting, but was not injured, according to the report.
"It's been surreal. We're all in a state of shock like I'm sure the community is, her family is as well," said Gilliard. "We knew her as someone who would be very loving, very kind and would do just about anything for anyone. The people in the market are truly devastated by her loss."
Investigators believe Royal and the two other women were not the intended targets of the killer or killers, which makes it even more painful for those who knew and loved her.
"It's truly a tragedy and we hope the authorities will get to the bottom of it. We want justice for Janet," Gilliard said.
The Charleston City Market has setup a memorial fund in honor of Janet Royal. You can donate at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank.