Sumter store employee killed in alleged armed robbery

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Authorities are working to identify two men who allegedly shot and killed a store employee during an armed robbery at Save- Mart Grocery on Manning Avenue on Friday night.

The two men - both armed and wearing masks - entered the store at 6:59 p.m., and one or both of the men fired handguns in the direction of the employee before fleeing the store in an unknown direction, states a news release from Sumter Police Department.

The employee died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The coroner's office was notified and has made contact with the victim's family.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

It was unclear if anything had been taken from the store as of Saturday morning according to the on-call public information officer with Sumter Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700.

Information also can be given anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. A cash reward may be available for tips leading to an arrest.