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Parmalee Drummer remains in intensive care following 3rd surgery

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas is still on the road to recovery tonight after he was shot in an armed robbery attempt following a show earlier this week.

Thomas underwent his third surgery earlier today and remains in intensive care.

He's been at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he was shot three times early Tuesday morning.

Police say two gunmen stormed into the band's RV demanding money.  One of them was killed.

Charges are pending against the surviving suspect.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas is still on the road to recovery tonight after he was shot in an armed robbery attempt following a show earlier this week.

Thomas has had two surgeries since the shooting Monday night.

A close friend of the family tells Nine On Your Side Thomas could undergo a third surgery tomorrow, but doctors are monitoring his condition to make sure he's stable enough.

Thomas has been at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he was shot three times Monday night.

Police say two gunmen stormed into the band's RV demanding money.  One of them was killed.

Rock Hill Police say charges are pending against the surviving suspect.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas is holding on at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  The hospital isn't saying a thing, but police investigating the shooting after the band's Monday night concert say Thomas remains in critical condition.

Family and other people connected to the band say Thomas is showing some progress.  In fact, they say he's doing better than expected after undergoing two life saving operations.

He came out of the latest one Wednesday morning.  A family member tells Nine On Your Side that Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas came out of the second surgery, “great.”

He was shot three times and doctors needed to repair both of his femoral arteries.  The femoral artery intersects with the femoral vein and the femoral nerve in a triangular shaped region located on the upper thigh next to the groin area.

Before the latest surgery, the family says Thomas was responsive on Tuesday.  He opened his eyes, moved his legs and squeezed his mother's hand.  After Wednesday's surgery, the family says he's opening his eyes better and moving both his head and shoulders well.

Friend of the band Rob Legere says Thomas is a survivor.

"He's gonna pull through this,” said Scott Thomas’ friend Rob Legere.  “He's, Scott's tough.  I mean he's a tough guy."

Well wishes are coming into the Greenville band's fan pages on Myspace and Facebook as well as our Facebook page.  It's also plainly clear to fans that all shows on the current tour are postponed until further notice.

Rock Hill police say charges are pending against the surviving suspect for the shooting inside Parmalee's RV.  He's listed in serious condition.

Detectives say charges are not expected against Thomas for returning fire in the holdup.    Parmalee fans can send their get well wishes to the band directly.  Business associates are handling that.

Anyone interested can send cards and letters to Parmalee in care of Deep South, PO Box 17737, Raleigh, NC 27619.

Scott Thomas is surrounded by close friends and family.  This is expected to be a long road to recovery.  A business associate says a third operation is scheduled for Friday.  A website's been setup for fans to help the band anyway they can.  The website is helpparmalee.com and there's a link to the site on this page.

 

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas is showing some progress while in the fight for his life this afternoon.

Rock Hill Police say Thomas remains in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

However, a family member says the drummer came out of his second surgery this morning.  Doctors needed to repair both femoral arteries.  The family member says he's doing better than expected after being shot three times.

A spokesperson for the band says he will still need more surgery.

Police say Thomas was shot by intruders who came into the band's RV after a concert at a nightclub in Rock Hill Monday night.

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PARMALEE, N.C. - A member of the popular local rock band Parmalee remains in a fight of his life.  Parmalee just wrapped up a show near Charlotte, when police say two men looking for money tried to rob the band in their RV.

There was a gunfight and the band's drummer Scott Thomas was hurt, he is in critical condition.  Two other people were shot; gunman Demario Burris died in the shootout.  The shooting has drawn a lot of prayers from the Town of Parmele.  And from people who knew the band before they were famous.

News quickly spread roughly 300-miles away in the town where the band got it's name and its start.  People in the Town of Parmele couldn't hold back there emotions.

"It's how they make their living,” said Thomas family friend Norman Williamston.  “And something happening like that could of happened to anybody."

Many people told 9OYS they remember when the Thomas brothers both spoke of stardom while practicing in a small brick building on Main Street.

Parmalee's been a staple in the North Carolina music scene since the band came together nine years ago.  Steadily growing in popularity and touring with some of the biggest acts on the rock concert circuit.

G-Vegas Magazine's Kevin Howard toured with the group as a bassist for Treading Evans in the late-90’s.  Even then he says there were dangers to the job, “These are four of the hardest working boys I ever met in my life,” Howard said.  “The more you do, the more you're in the public eye obviously the more dangerous it's going to be."

But he like many other fans who knew Scott Thomas personally say Thomas wasn't a quitter then…and he's not a quitter now.

The latest information 9OYS has is Thomas remains in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  We'll keep you posted on developments as information becomes available.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - A member of a popular local rock and roll band is in a fight for his life tonight.

It all stems from an armed robbery that turned into a shootout after a concert by the group "Parmalee" near charlotte last night.

All of it happened in the parking lot of a nightclub in Rock Hill, South Carolina across the street from Winthrop University.

The band's drummer, Scott Thomas, is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Two other people were shot.

One of them is dead.

Police say Thomas was in the band's RV in the parking lot when two men with a gun stormed inside.

Parmalee just wrapped up a show at a club called "The Money" when police say two men looking for money tried to rob the band.

Detectives say they came into the band's RV and pointed a gun at Matt Thomas.

Then his brother Scott came out from the back with his own gun and told them to leave.

 That's when police say the intruder with the gun opened fire and a shootout ensued.

 Investigators say gunman Demario Burris was killed, his partner Dytavis Hinton was wounded.

Scott Thomas suffered critical injuries.

Matt Thomas did not get hit at all.

Their cousin and bass guitarist Barry Knox fought off his emotions.

"I don't know why this happened,” said Parmalee bass guitarist Barry Knox.  “I can't explain it."

Local musician Rob Legere has become friends with the band over the years.

"They're genuinely nice people,” said friend of the band Rob Legere.  “The kind of guys that give you the shirt of their back, you know, if you need it.  I just, I'm overwhelmed by the whole thing."

Parmalee's been a staple on the Eastern Carolina music scene since the band came together nine years ago and has been steadily growing in popularity to the point that it began touring with some of the bigger acts on the rock concert circuit.

A lot of the band’s performances and music videos can be found on “youtube.”

The band's local shows at places like Tie Breaker’s in Greenville regularly pack the house.

"They sell out every time they play,” said entertainment consultant Joe Tronto.  “Potentially, they're as good as any alternative rock band in the country and I've seen a lot of them come and go."

The band has a full concert schedule, including a show in Greenville for E.C.U.’s homecoming weekend.

Of course all of that is on hold for now

Rock Hill police say Scott and Matt Thomas were the only ones inside the RV when they were attacked.

Band member Barry Knox's sister says Thomas already made it out of one surgery and was scheduled for another later today or tonight.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - The drummer for local Southern-Rock/Country band Parmalee, Scott Thomas, is in critical condition following a shooting at a Rock Hill, S.C. nightclub.

Thomas was shot three times outside of the The Money nightclub after an armed man tried to rob the band after their performance.

"We are wishing for a quick recovery for Scott Thomas" says Josh McSwain, Parmalee band member. "The band is at his side and we are staying positive. Thank you to all the fans for the love and kind words. Please keep Scott in your prayers and together we will all get through this. Thank you very much."

Deep South Entertainment asks that all thoughts, prayers, and messages of support to the band be sent to parmaleeband@gmail.com.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - A rock and roll band from Greenville comes under attack after a concert last night near Charlotte.

An armed robbery ended in gunfire.

One man is dead and two more are hospitalized.  One of them is a band member.

People who follow the local music scene know the name Parmalee.  We've learned through a friend of the band that drummer Scott Thomas is the member who was shot.  Police say he's in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

It happened around one o'clock this morning outside a nightclub called The Money in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Lieutenant Brad Redfearn says band members went to their RV when two men armed with a handgun held up the group.  He says one of the members also had a gun.

Then there was a shootout.

Both robbers were hit along with Thomas.  Redfearn says one of the robbers died at the scene.  The other suspect ran about a hundred yards then collapsed.

Both he and Thomas were taken to the hospital.  Thomas is in critical condition.  Police say the suspect has been stabilized. His name hasn't been released.

Parmalee was in the middle of a tour of North and South Carolina when all of this happened.

We'll have more on this as it becomes available and a full wrap up tonight at 6.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Multiple media reports out of the Charlotte region say police are investigating a deadly shooting at a Rock Hill, S.C. nightclub.

It happened early Tuesday morning at The Money nightclub.  That's near Winthrop University.

Authorities say a man was shot and killed during a robbery attempt while two others were injured.

Reports indicate that Parmalee, a band from Greenville, was packing up equipment when two men burst in, one armed, and demanded money from the band members.

Police say one of the band members also had a gun.  What happened next has yet to be determined but, according to police, that bandmember with the gun and both suspects were all shot.

All were treated at Carolinas Medical Center.  Police told WBTV in Charlotte that one of the suspects later died from his injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

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