Man who shot rifle inside Ladson pawn shop talked about 9/11, messages from "the Russians"
September 11th and the Russians.
That's what the Berkeley County Sheriff's says a man was rambling about Tuesday, after reportedly walking into a Ladson pawn shop, asking to see an AR-15 rifle, loading it with his own ammo, then opening fire.
Gregory Franklin Westfall is the man the sheriff's office says is behind the bizarre incident. Westfall is in jail at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing. He's charged with two counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
According to Berkeley County investigators, Westfall went inside Big Buck's Pawn Shop off College Park Road shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, and asked to see an AR-15.
While inspecting the rifle, store employees told deputies Westfall took out a magazine filled with ammunition, loaded the semi-automatic rifle, and began firing shots both at employees and around the store.
Deputies say a store employee returned fire with a personal firearm, at which point Westfall ran out of the store. No one was injured, the sheriff's office says.
Deputies found Westfall in a wooded area behind the store, wearing bullet-proof body armor with the rifle still in his possession.
Westfall was arrested without incident. The sheriff's office says when detectives interviewed him, he made "several statements regarding 9/11 and that the Russians were sending him messages."
The Charleston County Bomb Squad was called in to assist Berkeley County with clearing the scene after a suspicious bookbag was found inside Westfall's truck outside the pawn shop. Officials have not yet said what was found in the bookbag.
Federal agents with the ATF and FBI responded to assist with the investigation as well.
Westfall is due to go before a judge for a bond hearing Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.