Suspected shoplifter who shot at man surrenders to police

Published: Nov. 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 33-year-old man suspected of stealing a shirt and shooting at a man who attempted to follow him has surrendered to police.

North Charleston police officials say Phillip Jerome Robinson turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Robinson is charged with aggravated assault and shoplifting.

Robinson was wanted for a Nov. 12 incident at the S&S Mart on 1639 Remount Road where officers received information that a clerk had locked herself in the store, and shots were fired.

The clerk, who had locked herself in the back closet, told officers that a man walked to the back corner of the store, removed a shirt and placed it into his pants.

When the clerk confronted the shoplifter, authorities say the suspect denied taking anything and followed the clerk back to the counter.

A police report states the suspect then began to threaten her, so the clerk pulled out the store's gun.

Police say when the suspect began to argue with the clerk, the clerk placed the gun on the counter and called police. According to investigators, the suspect then leaned over the counter and took the gun.

As the suspect was leaving the store, a man who had just walked in, began to follow him outside. NCPD officials say the suspect then fired three to four shots in the man's direction.

The man told officers he was not injured by any of the gunfire.

Officers say they located three spent shell casings in the roadway.

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