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A Fort Mill woman is recovering from her injuries after a minor car accident quickly turned into a group assault inside the parking lot of Indian Land’s Walmart late Thursday, March 6.
Deputies were called to the store parking lot, at 10048 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), just after 10 p.m. about a report of a car accident and an assault, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The 19-year-old victim told deputies the attack happened shortly after she was involved in a minor car accident as she turned from U.S. 521 into the store parking lot.
After the accident, she and the other driver – a woman driving a dark-colored SUV with a white stripe along the side – both pulled into the parking lot.
The victim got out of her car, approached the other driver and asked to exchange information.
“When she did, a female in the front passenger seat got angry and started yelling and cursing at her,” a deputy wrote in the report.
The other driver then got out of the car and gave her phone number to the victim.
As they were talking, the passenger from the other car got out and attacked her, the report said.
“(The victim) stated that the unidentified female began choking her and cursing at her. (The victim) stated that while she was being choked, she was punched in the right eye by the unidentified driver,” a deputy wrote in the report.
Two other women then got out of the SUV and convinced the attackers to leave. The SUV then drove away in an unknown direction.
Deputies noticed the victim had redness on her neck and a red bump on her forehead. The victim also reported pain in her right eye.
In the report, deputies also noted that the victim’s car had several dents and scratches on the driver’s side rear quarter panel and door. Estimated damage is $1,000.
A deputy tried contacting the women using the phone number the driver gave the victim, though no one answered.
Several deputies also canvassed the area, though the SUV was not found, the report said.
Investigators planned to review the surveillance camera footage from Walmart.
On Friday, March 7, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said investigators had identified a potential suspect in the assault.
“We’re doing a photo lineup and hopefully the victim can pick the subject out. Then hopefully we’ll be able to get warrants on that person,” Faile said.
The driver is described as a heavy-set black woman, with black hair, and wearing a black shirt, the report said.
The passenger is described as a heavy-set black woman with black hair, wearing a white shirt, dark jeans and a red clip in her hair, the report said.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416