"I thought I was a goner" - Man escapes triple murder in Berkeley County

"I thought I was a goner" - Man escapes triple murder in Berkeley County
Scene of the fatal shooting. (Source: Live 5 News)
Scene of the fatal shooting. (Source: Live 5 News)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man who survived a triple murder says the suspect shot at him twice before he was able to get away.

The accused killer, Robert Nolen, was arrested at the scene of the shooting early Friday morning on Macio Road in Berkeley County.

Fred Mazyck says he was sitting in the living room at his friend's house next door. Mazyck says he heard some shots but thought nothing of it.

"I heard the shots, but I mean I thought they were just shooting at targets because they were shooting at targets earlier," Mazyck said.

Mazyck says suddenly Robert Nolen, armed with a rifle came into the house.

"He looked like he was out of it, he told me right off the hip he killed everybody," Mazyck said.

Mazyck says Nolen then took aim at him and fired. According to the sheriff's office, the two shots hit a nearby wall.

"Took two shots at me and missed," he said.

He says Nolen then pointed the gun at his chest.

"I thought I was a goner. I mean he already took two shots at me," he said. "I had to talk to him to get myself to where I could get out the front door."

Mazyck says somehow he got the suspect to take his focus off of him. He then ran out the front door, into the woods and called 911.

Authorities report finding scene, threat to deputy made 

Deputies found the shooting victims in the backyard.

They were identified as the homeowner, Lance Kenyon, James Harrison and Harry Lee Gressette.

Deputies say they found Nolen in the backyard attempting to provide CPR to one of the victims.

When a deputy asked where the suspect was, a report states Nolen said during an "excited utterance" that he was the suspect.

According to the sheriff's office, as Nolen was being transported to the Berkeley County Detention Center he told a deputy that he would shoot him in the head.

"The threat was witnessed by the victim and recorded on an in-vehicle recording system," an affidavit states.

Two of the victims died at the scene, the third died at a hospital.

Mazyck believes divine intervention helped him survive the shooting.

"God, God, that's the only way I can say, God. If it wasn't for him, I'd be gone," Mazyck said.

Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting, but say alcohol may have been a factor.

Nolen is being held without bond on three murder charges and one charge of attempted murder.

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