An altercation between two families at a Sumter convenience store has left one in the hospital and two in jail after a man was struck and dragged by a truck, officials say.
The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. Sunday at a Young's Food Store in the 3100 block of Highway 15 South, in Sumter, spokesman Braden Bunch with the sheriff’s office said.
The altercation started at a nearby grocery store then escalated after a woman from one of the families was followed and assaulted outside of the convenience store, Bunch said. A man who arrived allegedly to help her was then struck and dragged 30 yards by a pickup truck.
The man was airlifted to an Augusta-area hospital. His condition was not known Sunday night though he was conscious and alert at the time of the airlift, Bunch said. The woman did not have life-threatening injuries.
In addition, two suspects involved in the incident have been arrested.
Joseph Lloyd Henderson Jr., 20, was charged with attempted murder. Joseph Lloyd Henderson, 43, was charged with simple assault. The two are father and son. The men were taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where they are being held pending a bond hearing.
Additional arrests are possible, Bunch said. The incident remains under investigation.