Woman Shot in Head and Killed in Front of Her Children During Kroger Parking Lot Argument
Christina Harrison, 23, is in the Lexington County Detention Center charged with murder and several weapons charges after she shot a mother of two in the head during an argument in a packed Kroger Parking lot in Irmo, South Carolina, on Valentine’s Day.
Harrison fled the scene after killing the woman, later identified as Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, and then turned herself in to the police later.
According to the Police, the incident occurred in the Kroger shopping center in the 7400 block of Saint Andrews Road around 4 p.m. When authorities arrived, they located the victim in the parking lot and pronounced the victim dead a short time later.
Police say Harrison left the parking lot in a white Ford after the shooting. While investigators were still processing the scene of the deadly shooting, combing over surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, officials say Harrison called dispatch and told them she was at the police department to turn herself in.
“Unfortunately, this is a situation where tempers flared, and someone let anger get the best of them. One rash decision has impacted the lives of two families and countless others who witnessed this tragic event.” Chief Dale stated. “Senseless is the only word I can think of to describe what happened today.”
The Irmo Police Department says Harrison turned herself in to authorities around 5:30 Tuesday evening. This was about an hour after authorities say surveillance video showed Harrison involved in a verbal altercation with a stranger. Officials did not specify why the women had gotten into an argument.
Irmo Police took Harrison into custody and have now charged her with murder, in addition to unlawful carrying of a pistol and possessing a firearm during a violent crime.
Borys’ husband, Tyler, told WACH that he was heartbroken that he must now raise his two children alone, describing his wife as a great mother, and noted that she was shot in the back.
Tyler said his wife, a stylist and nursing school student, was shopping at the Kroger, and their two-year-old and infant were in the car when Harrison shot Borys.
He said Alex was the ‘best wife you could ever ask for,’ adding that ‘she built a really strong support system’ while at cosmetology school.
A Black woman, Christina Harrison has been arrested for the killing of a stranger in a Kroger parking lot. Yesterday, Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, was shot and killed in the grocery store parking lot. pic.twitter.com/5uoh47KnIx
— Erik Filsinger (@ErikFilsinger) February 15, 2023
Tyler said the tragedy comes just a week after the death of Borys’ brother.
Tyler added that Harrison shot his wife when her back was turned after ending the fight.
‘From what I have pieced together, they had either concluded the argument or Alex was walking away. It’s indicating she was shot with her back turned,’ he told WIS News.
Irmo Police Chief Bobby Dale said in a statement that Borys and Harrison did not know each other before the shooting.
The family has created a GoFundMe page for a memorial in Borys name, which has raised more than $13,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
The Lexington County Bond Court said in a statement that Harrison did not attend a hearing on Wednesday and has acquired her own attorney.
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