Woman attacked Columbia PetSmart employee with aquarium filter, deputies sayWoman attacked Columbia PetSmart employee with aquarium filter, deputies say

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the motivation for the attack is unclear.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County deputies are searching for a woman who they say attacked a PetSmart employee over a fish.

The incident happened  on Tuesday, January 7 at the Two Notch Road location around 12:30 p.m. 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says the woman asked an employee for help buying a fish. After the employee agreed to help, the woman threw a filter at her and began using vulgar language toward the rest of the staff. 

The woman then shoved the victim to the ground and punched her until a store manager intervened, according to officers.

Police were called, but the woman and her son left before officers arrived.

Anyone with information that may help deputies identify the woman is encouraged to call Crimestoppers, an anonymous tip program, at 888-CRIME-SC. Crimestoppers may also be reached via its website or mobile app.

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