Officials in Blackville, S.C. are searching for a murder suspect after a robbery

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BLACKVILLE, S.C. (WJBF) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting local law enforcement to help find a murder suspect.

Police say the incident happened at the Corner Stop convenience store, just off of Carolina Highway 3, at 20416 Solomon Blatt Ave. in Blackville early Tuesday morning.

The Barnwell County Coroner tells us that 60-year-old Ashwinbhai Patel, the store owner, died from a gunshot wound.

Officials say this was a robbery turned homicide.

Agents from SLED’s regional office along with the crime scene unit are investigating.

No suspect information at this time.

Barnwell County Coroner’s Office, Blackville Police Department and SLED are investigating. Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office and SCDNR also assisted.

Any questions in regards to the crime should be referred to Blackville PD and SLED. Questions in regards to the death should be referred to the Barnwell County Coroners Office.

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