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Greenville police: Alleged shooter aimed for mass casualties

Posted June 23, 2013
Updated June 24, 2013

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— A man accused of seriously injuring four people in a shooting spree Friday morning intended to inflict mass casualties on innocent people, Greenville's police chief said Sunday.

Lakim Anthony Faust, 23, faces four counts of attempted murder in connection with the shootings in the parking lots of Kellum Law Firm and Walmart on Greenville Boulevard.

Investigators say Faust was armed with a shotgun when he allegedly shot one person at the law firm and then crossed the street to the store, where he shot three more people.

Faust was then taken down in a gunfire exchange with officers outside the store, authorities said.

"He had over 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition that was recovered in a small container at the scene where he was shot by police," Greenville police Chief Hassan Aden said.

He would not comment on a possible motive but said it appears the shootings appeared to be random.

Faust was being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville Sunday for, according to Greensville's WNCT-TV, injuries to his arms and legs. He will be formally arrested upon his release, and Aden said more charges are possible.

Investigators also seized evidence from Faust's apartment, at 217 Hartford St., but Aden did not say what kind. WNCT, however, reported that investigators seized shotgun ammunition boxes and cases as well as computer evidence and various papers.

Police have not released the medical conditions or identities of the people who were shot. Aden only said their injuries were serious.

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  • halfpint1552 Jun 24, 12:04 p.m.

    A friend of mine was there. If it wasn't for the fast thinking employees at Toys'R'Us who locked the front door and got all the customers to the back, he would have rushed in there are shot them too.

  • CharmedLife Jun 24, 10:15 a.m.

    Oh yeah, my brother was telling me about this yesterday. Said they guy said he was just frustrated with life. Dude, who isn't from time to time?! Wow...