Husband of mother killed in Kroger parking lot in front of her two young children after a fight with another woman, was shot with her back turned
Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, was shot and killed on February 14, outside the Kroger grocery store in Irmo, South Carolina
Alleged shooter Christina Harrison, 23, has been charged with murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime
Cops said Harrison got into a fight with Borys in the parking lot, shot her and fled the scene before eventually turning herself in
Borys’ grieving husband said his wife was shot after the fight ended and she was walking away
A mother-of-two was shot and killed in front of her children following a dispute with another woman on Valentine’s Day outside a South Carolina Kroger.
Police in Irmo said the suspect, Christina Harrison, 23, shot Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, at the packed parking lot off Saint Andrews Road on Tuesday, February 14, just before 4pm.
The shooter fled the scene, but turned herself in shortly after, police said.
Officials did not specify why the women had gotten into an argument outside the grocery store.
Borys’ husband, Tyler, speaking to WACH said that he was heartbroken that he must now raise his two children without his wife who he described as ‘a great mother,’ adding that she was shot in the back.
Tyler said his wife, a stylist and nursing school student, was shopping at the Krogers, and their two-year-old and infant were in the car when Harrison shot Borys.
He said Borys was the ‘best wife you could ever ask for,’ adding that ‘she built a really strong support system’ while at cosmetology school.
The grieving husband 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 prior to the shooting.
“Unfortunately, this is a situation where tempers flared, and someone let anger get the best of them,” he said.
The mourning family has since created a GoFundMe page for a memorial in the victim’s name, which has raised more than $14,000 of the $1 goal.
Harrison has been charged with murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. The Lexington County Bond Court confirmed said in a statement that Harrison was supposed to appear Friday, but her private attorney waived the hearing.
The shooting has left the small community of Irmo shaken, with many saying the Kroger was the shopping hub of the town.
‘That shopping center is our go-to shopping center so this whole dynamic is a ripple effect in this entire community,’ local resident Shawne Edwards told WACH.
Fellow resident Tabitha Foster added: ‘It makes me a little bit more aware because it’s a trying time for any and everybody.’