SC lawmakers to enact Blue Alerts

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) - Chaunte Kuoy will never forget the evening of November 17th. She was working the register at her gas station across the road from this Shrimp Boat.

"One of the Shrimp Boat employees ran over here looking pale and scared," said Kuoy.

Just moments before, the Lancaster Sheriff's office says Rodrick Caskey tried to rob the Shrimp Boat not knowing three deputies were there on their dinner break.

In the incident, Investigator Brandon Rollins was shot, Caskey was wounded too and ran away on foot.

Something Kuoy didn't know for about 20 minutes.

"You don't know where he's at," said Kuoy.

Then an hour later she received a reverse 9-1-1 call warning she and the public that gunman was on the loose.

"It took too long I already know what's going on here before I get the message," said Kuoy

Caskey was on the run for about three hours before police arrested him.

Now the South Carolina legislature wants speed up the message with a Blue Alert system. It's the same concept as an Amber or Silver Alert for missing children or senior citizens.

The Blue Alert will provide the description and information of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers and are on the run.

Kuoy says the Amber Alert System automatically pops up on her lottery machines.

She'd like to see a Blue Alert System in place because she says moments before Caskey allegedly walked into the Shrimp Boat, he was in her store too.

"It'll help me stay alert and help me to get information," said Kuoy. "you never know they may stop by here and I can make a phone call too you know."

The Blue Alert System is in place in 13 states including Georgia.  North Carolina is also looking into the Blue Alert system.

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