A Pelzer man who was shot when he drove up to the scene of an argument and car crash has died, the Greenville County Coroner’s Office said.
Terry Lee Lollis, 62, died at 2:05 a.m. Sunday while in surgery, the Coroner’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office described him as a third party to an incident near his residence late Saturday night.
Witnesses called 911 to report that a car struck a telephone pole and caught fire about 10:40 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of State 418.
The driver of the car was able to exit the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said, and told bystanders not to call the police.
“The driver was told that police were already on the way and a verbal altercation ensued,” Sgt. Jennings Autrey said in an email.
During the argument, one of the witnesses presented a bat and the driver of the car presented a firearm, Autrey said. Lollis heard the commotion and drove to the scene on his ATV to see what was going on, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“As he approached the driver of the car he observed the firearm and started to turn away and go the opposite direction,” Autrey said in an email. “At that point, the driver of the vehicle shot the operator of the ATV at least one time and then fled into the woods.”
Lollis was transported to the hospital and died a few hours later, Autrey said.
Deputies and K-9 units responded to the area and located the shooter in a field, the Sheriff’s Office said. Autrey identified the suspect as Dmarrion Jaquay Gilmore, 19. He was charged with attempted murder, according to jail records; the charge has not been formally upgraded, Autrey said.
Gilmore is being held without bond at the Greenville County jail.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
State 418 was shut down between Old Hundred Road and Reedy Fork Road during the investigations.
Lollis’ autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The cause and manner of death are pending, the Coroner’s Office said.