Denzell Grant, a South Carolina resident that was stationed at the time in Ft. Hood, Texas was visiting Swansea when he and some others decided to rob Max’s One Stop in Swansea. Grant, wearing a mask and armed with a loaded gun, entered Max’s One Stop, and jumped over the counter where a loneclerk was sitting.
Grant put the gun to the clerk's head and told him to give Grant all of the money. Grant held the gun on the clerk as Grant followed him to the cash register. The clerk tried to grab the gun and the two began struggling. The firearm discharged, injuring the clerk’s left hand and striking Grant in the right arm.
After being shot, Grant tried to escape by jumping over the counter into the customer area. A customer helped prevent Grant from escaping until the police arrived.
The victim spoke at Grant’s change of plea hearing, stating that Grant told him that he (Grant) was going to kill him. The clerk said that he thought of his newborn child and began to wrestle with Grant over the gun. The robbery took an emotional toll as well, as the clerk said he could no longer work at Max's because he would be scared every time the door to the store opened.
Looking directly at Grant during the hearing, the clerk said, “You’re in the Army. Your job is to protect us, not to kill us.”