Myrtle Beach Mall Shooting Leaves 78-Year-Old Woman Dead

January 8, 2016 3:14 pm Last Updated: January 8, 2016 3:31 pm

Police are investigating a possible homicide of an elderly woman at the Myrtle Beach Mall in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.

The 78-year-old woman later died at a nearby hospital, Horry County police said, reported The State.

According to WBTV, the victim was identified as May Davis. 

She was shot during an apparent mugging, according to her son-in-law Luther Wells. Davis was found in a car in the mall’s parking lot.

The call for the incident took place at around 12:30 p.m. ET, located near U.S. 17 Business and near S.C. 22.

The daughter of Davis went shopping at a JC Penney, and Davis was waiting in the car, Wells said.

Lieutenant Raul Denis with Horry County Police said Davis’ daughter found her slumped over inside the vehicle.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide. Police have not released a suspect name, description, or a motive.

“We’re waiting for the coroner to release his results before determining if it was a shooting,” Denis said, according to Myrtle Beach Online.

Police found blood in the car, but Denis said that “people bleed for a variety of reasons.”

The mall is open, and there is no danger to shoppers, Denis added.

“We don’t have any reason to think anyone is in danger here at the mall,” he told the website. “We believe this was an isolated incident.”

Horry County police and Horry County Fire Rescue are currently on the scene.

Wells told WBTV that Davis would have turned 79 years old on Saturday.