Break-in leaves one dead after gun store owner opens fire on alleged burglars

A North Augusta gun store owner used a semi-automatic weapon…

A North Augusta gun store owner used a semi-automatic weapon when he opened fire on three men who broke into his business early Thursday, killing one and sending two others to the hospital with gunshot wounds, officials said.

The break-in occurred around 4 a.m. at the Guns and Ammo Gunsmith, located on Edgefield Road in North Augusta, said Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Feemster, a spokesman for the agency.

Stephen Bayazes Jr., 57, who lives in an attached apartment in the rear of the business with his wife, said he awoke to a loud bang and the silent store alarm going off.

Police said he got out of bed, grabbed his AR-15 weapon and found three men inside the store.

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  • Tony Mercier

    The gun owner knows what it is like to come face to face with a gun while he was in the commission of a crime! His life was spared! Should it have been? If the story of the thief in this article would have ended the same way as it ended for the thief in today’s story; there would not have been a today’s story—- Follow the link or google Stephen bayazes and you will see he is a thief as well!