Coroner identifies Waffle House employee killed in shooting outside restaurant

Coroner identifies Waffle House employee killed in shooting outside restaurant
Ms. Nabors died on scene at the Saul White Boulevard Waffle House in North Charleston on July 18. (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified a 23-year-old woman who was fatally shot Saturday during a fight in a Waffle House parking lot.

Briawna Nabors, 23, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

North Charleston Police said Nabors was one of three bystanders wounded when two people got into a fight in the parking lot and one of them began firing shots at the other.

Waffle House spokesperson Njeri Boss said Nabors was an employee of the restaurant who was on duty at the time of the incident.

The shooting happened at approximately 12:40 a.m. Saturday at the Sal White Boulevard location, according to North Charleston Police Deputy Chief Scott Deckard.

Investigators say two people, both of whom were wounded in the incident, got into an argument that turned into a fight in the parking lot. During the fight, the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, brandished a firearm and began shooting at the person with whom he was fighting. The suspect fired the handgun numerous times and three bystanders were struck, one fatally, Deckard said.

EMS took all of the people injured to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect is in custody and was being treated at the hospital, Deckard said.

Waffle House released the following statement about the incident Sunday:

We are devastated and mourning the tragic death of one of our Waffle House Associates, who was the unintended victim of senseless and reckless acts of violence that occurred early yesterday morning in the parking area of one of our North Charleston restaurants. An apparent parking lot shootout between three men led to our Associate’s death, and what we believe to be non-fatal injuries to one of our Customers, who we understand was waiting to pick up a To-Go order. We remain concerned for our Customer’s condition and hope she will have a full recovery.

The death of our Associate, 23-year-old Briawna Nabors, who had worked with Waffle House since January 2019 and was working at the time of the shooting, is utterly horrific. We offer our sincerest and deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We also are offering counseling services to local Associates as we all mourn this tragic loss of life.

We are continuing to gather facts while working closely with local law enforcement who are conducting an active investigation. We will do whatever we can to help authorities carry out a quick and just investigation. We have been told that two of the shooters have been placed in custody and taken to the hospital, while law enforcement searches for the third shooter. Because of this ongoing investigation, we refer all media questions to the local law enforcement agencies working this case, and we will have no further comment at this time.

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