Monday, April 13, 2009

Not a good choice of target

It seems a robber picked the wrong group as his potential victims in Columbia, SC.

A New Jersey man has been shot and killed at an Alcoholics Anonymous center in South Carolina in what police say was a thwarted robbery.

The State newspaper reported that Columbia police said Sunday that a visitor to the AA center shot and killed the 18-year-old man who was trying to rob members there.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Kayson Helms of Edison, N.J., was shot in the neck, abdomen and chest.

Columbia Police say Helms walked into the meeting at 2015 College Street, the Acoa Club, at 11 p.m. Saturday night with a gun and demanded whatever those at the center had and was shot.

Helms was taken to Palmetto Richland where he later died.

Police did not identify the man who shot Helms, but said the individual had a concealed weapons permit.

So far, no charges have been filed.

As a friend said in an e-mail concerning the case:

Trying to rob people who are stressed as hell, smoking cigarettes, swigging coffee, and trying their damnedest not to take a drink ... just not a well-thought out action plan.

You can say that again!


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