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Store owner says violence has made business-running 'impossible'

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By Valencia Wicker
vwicker@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It has been only three months since Neil Weber's business partner, Matthew Renken was murdered in Port City Liquors on Dorchester Road.

Now, his store, Port City Liquors North, has been the victim of a violent crime. The Goose Creek store was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight Wednesday.

Weber says he went through several emotions when he heard about the crime.

"Despair. A little later in the evening it turned into disgust. I definitely could not sleep that night," Weber said.

Surveillance video shows two masked suspects enter the building with a gun in hand. One suspect shoved an employee toward the register and forced him to open it. Police say that same suspect demanded that the second register be opened. Police say one of the victims told the suspect he would need a key. Shortly after, the two suspects ran off.

"I can only imagine what these people might do next. My people got off lucky this time. They are still alive but, I could see this same, these same suspects getting into another situation where somebody is seriously hurt or killed," Weber said.

Police still don't know who killed Weber's business partner back in April. Matthew Renken was found dead in Port City Liquors in North Charleston with a single gunshot wound.

"We are being victimized by many violent crimes, and if we don't stop it, these problems will continue to plague us," Weber said.

Weber says the incident makes him question whether or not to stay in the business.

"Small business owners, like myself, are having a very hard time in these economic times as is, and then to be troubled with positions like this just make it impossible to run a small business."

Police say the suspects drove away in a silver or tan 4-door sedan with dents on the rear passenger side door and trunk near the right tail light.

If you see a car fitting the description, please call police or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

Matthew Renken's murder is still unsolved.

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