UPDATE: Warrants issued in store clerk’s murder


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Submitted: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 4:01pm
Updated: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 4:04pm
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TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Warrants have been issued for three men believed to be responsible for a shooting at a Tabor City convenience store Sunday night. The Tabor City Police Department says the three men will face homicide and armed robbery charges in connection to last night’s shooting.

Two of the three men have been arrested and are being held in the Horry County Detention Center in South Carolina for armed robbery charges. They are also awaiting extradition to North Carolina to face homicide and robbery charges.

Tabor City Police issued three warrants Monday night for Elias Collins, Xzavia parker and Joshua Witherspoon. They are wanted in connection to the shooting death of a clerk and part-owner of the R&R Quick Mart in Tabor City.

“My understanding is they have several charges against them in Horry County, SC, and pending the process they will have the charges in Horry County, they will be extradited back to North Carolina and warrants will be served on them for the charges of robbery and homicide,” Tabor City Police Lt. Ronald Carroll said.

Tabor City police officers responded to a call about shots fired at R&R Quick Mart around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers confirmed the victim as Abdo Ali Qoria. When officers arrived at the store they found Qoria laying face down behind the counter covered in blood. Next to his body police found two pistols and money from the register.

The community is having a hard time believing the news about Qoria.

“I just don’t know how this could have happened,” customer Kimberly McClure said. “It’s a very bad situation.”

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation teamed up with other agencies to help track down the men wanted in connection to Sunday’s shooting. Lt. Carroll said Parker and Witherspoon are in jail on other robbery charges.

“At the time we were just looking for the suspects for our incident, and things just kind of fell into place,” Carroll said.

Tabor City Police have handed the investigation over to the SBI.

There’s been no word yet on where the third suspect Collins is. We checked in with the Horry County Detention Center, where the other two are being held, but he is not there.

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