JEFFERSON — A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed in the stomach during a fight at a Chesterfield County convenience store last week.
Sheriff’s deputies say 56-year-old Charles Lynn Wallace of Pageland was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina after the July 14 scuffle. Gary Matthew Moore, 34, of 609 East Blvd., Chesterfield, is accused of stabbing and slashing Wallace with a folding knife.
Deputies were called to McCormick’s Grocery and Grill at 3094 Kirkley Road around 4:54 p.m. for reports of a man cut with a knife during a fight. As Sgt. Timothy Hutchinson arrived at the store, a man later identified as Moore waved him over.
Moore was on the phone — presumably with 911 dispatchers — and was overheard saying “I am a victim to me,” Hutchinson wrote in his report.
Witnesses identified Moore as the man who cut Wallace inside the store. Hutchinson detained Moore while investigating the incident, handcuffing him and placing him in the back of his car.
“While setting him in my patrol car, he stated ‘They told me to put my knife up and it is in my case,’” Hutchinson wrote. “At that time, I retrieved a folding lock-blade knife out of the case and secured it for investigators.”
Hutchinson went inside and saw “a large area in front of the checkout counter of blood — about a 2-foot by 2-foot area,” he wrote. Witnesses directed him to Wallace, who was seated inside the store’s bathroom with two women holding towels on his body to reduce the bleeding.
Wallace had two puncture wounds to his stomach area and two cuts to his lower back, Hutchinson wrote.
Paramedics arrived and attended to Wallace while Hutchinson and other deputies photographed the scene and collected evidence, according to the report. Two sheriff’s detectives arrived at the store and Hutchinson turned the scene over to them.
Deputies took Moore to the Chesterfield County Detention Center, where he was charged with aggravated assault after an interview with detectives.
Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature occurs when an assault results in “great bodily injury to another person” or “the act is accomplished by means likely to produce death or great bodily injury,” according to the South Carolina Code of Laws.
A conviction on the felony charge can result in a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
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