UPDATE: Parmalee Fans Hold Vigil For Injured Drummer

One week after a local musician was shot during a robbery, friends gathered in Greenville for support and prayers for Scott Thomas, the drummer for the band Parmalee.

Thomas was in his band's RV outside a club in Rock Hill, South Carolina when he was shot during an attempted armed robbery. Thomas had three surgerys and was placed in an induced coma by doctors.
According to Parmalee's website, Thomas has also undergone 2 rounds of dialysis for kidney failure due to the shock to his body.
Doctors say he is moving in a positive medical direction.

Friends and family gathered in Greenville Tuesday night for prayers and fellowship. Friends and fans signed a poster to send to Thomas in the hospital.
"An entire hotel floor and the hospital was elbow to elbow which is kind of why the meeting here tonight is so small because everyone is still in Charlotte. It was kind of breath taking." said friend Brian Lee.

You can get updates on Thomas' condition with the link below.

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The website for the rock band Parmalee says their drummer continues to improve daily after getting shot last Tuesday. Scott Thomas was shot during an attempted armed robbery in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The website says Thomas has undergone two rounds of dialysis; he is experiencing kidney failure due to the shock to his body. Thomas' ventilator may be able to be removed soon, as the website says doctors continue to say Thomas is gradually moving in a "positive medical direction."

Meanwhile, in Greenville a vigil is planned for Tuesday night. Friends and fans will gather at the Collide Ministries Building at 211 W. 9th St. at 7 p.m. Tuesday. People will be asked to sign a poster for Thomas and contribute to the Help Parmalee Fund.


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There is encouraging news about the drummer from Parmalee who was shot early Tuesday morning.

The band says Scott Thomas finished his third surgery Friday in a Charlotte hospital. That surgery was to repair another femoral artery. The band says both his arteries have been repaired and closed.

A news release says Thomas is undergoing kidney dialysis and remains on a respirator. Doctors told the band that if they can get Thomas off the respirator it is possible he could be brought back to Greenville to complete his recovery.

"These are obviously very rough times for all of us right now and the public support has been amazing. We have set up a donation website to help with the medical bills, which I can only imagine will be quite substantial," said Josh McSwain, guitarist for the band. "Thanks again for all the kind words, prayers, emails, texts and financial support. We love you all and Scott will definitely pull through this."

Thomas was shot three times after two robbers came into the band's RV after a show in Rock Hill, South Carolina. One of the robbers was killed in the shootout, while the other one was wounded.

The band has suspended shows for the time being.


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A fund has been set up to help the band Parmalee cope with the medical bills after their drummer was shot, along with the money lost from cancelling all shows indefinitely.

The website www.HelpParmalee.com allows people to donate to the band as drummer Scott Thomas recovers from a shooting after a concert in South Carolina Monday night.

Thomas is scheduled to undergo a third surgery on Friday, according to the band's website. He's been through two surgeries so far, and a friend tells WITN, Thomas is in a drug-induced coma.


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A drummer for the band Parmalee remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery this morning at a Charlotte hospital.

Scott Thomas was critically wounded during a robbery attempt after the band played at a Rock Hill nightclub Monday night.

The band's web site says Thomas "pulled through surgery and is in recovery at this time.

Jerry Bryant, a close friend of Thomas, tells WITN News that the drummer has been induced into a coma while the swelling around one of his wounds goes down.

The man was shot three times in the leg, stomach and shoulder. Doctors say after today's surgery Thomas' prognosis is better, but Bryant says "he's not out of the woods yet."

One of the gunmen was killed in the shootout, while another was wounded. The shooting took place in the band's RV and Rock Hill police said the robbers fired the first shot.

The band has postponed all performances until further notice.


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The drummer of a popular Greenville rock band was shot outside a South Carolina nightclub in what police say was a robbery attempt.

It happened as members of the band Parmalee were in their RV after performing in Rock Hill.

Scott Thomas is in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital.

The band had just finished playing at The Money on Cherry Road when the shooting happened around 1:10 a.m. Lt. Brad Redfearn with the Rock Hill Police Department tells WITN News that the band was relaxing in their RV when two armed men came in the vehicle demanding money. A band member and one of the gunman exchanged gunfire.

A close family friend says Thomas was shot in the leg, stomach and shoulder. He says the leg wound severed a major artery.

Late Tuesday the band issued a short statement. "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."

Lt. Redfearn says one of the robbers was killed, while the other was wounded and is in stable condition.

Parmalee formed in 2001 and is named after a the Martin County town near where many of the band members grew up.


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  • by firstlady Location: sc on Oct 19, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    before some people leave comments, speak on what you know not wat youve been told. my cousin was the gunman that died. and it was more to the story. the problems started in the club. and to salena you not built for no hood beef stay in your lane.
  • by selena Location: lumberton nc on Oct 9, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    look i got 2 say that scott didnt deserve 2 get shot those robbers need 2 burn in hell because i laove parmalee they are the best band known me i wish the robbers was 2 do that near me i would kill them where they stand
  • by halloweenGirl Location: Greenville on Oct 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    some of yall ppl are rude and really need to relook at your comments, im prayn for scott and the other injurd young man,he has a family nd friends to,and i love parmalee but i want be a hateful person and its good that the other young man died,every heared the sayn "if you dont have nothing nice to say dont say anything at all"!!! some of you need to learn it very well......love and prayers to scott,family,band
  • by @Ralph Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    Ralph don't take out your anger and frustration on people that donate to people when they are in a crisis! I know for a fact these guys work!! What seems to be YOUR problem? You mad and still holding a grudge since you've been born because your mom named you "Ralph"?...
  • by Mary Jo Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    As I read over each of the posts, I am noticing someone by the name of Ralph is getting a lot of attention. It seems that all and everyone is not too pleased with the comments made by Ralph. My question is why is everyone giving this person exactly what he is asking for? Ok, now that he has been given 15 minutes of fame, lets all return our attention back to this sweet sweet person who is worthy of our attention.
  • by melody Location: greenville on Sep 30, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    I am praying for you,Scott!! As well as the rest of the band and their families. You keep pulling through and I can come and see you play again. I will continue to pray for each of you. God will take care of yaw. May you continue to progress and be back with us soon!! God speed!!!
  • by To Ralph Location: Robersonville on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Please keep your $$$ and your presence from the rest of us. It is obvious that you do not know anything about, or of Parmalee. Please keep your sick, uninformed attitude to yourself. I am praying that you can be protected from yourself.
  • by Hey Ralph Location: ECU on Sep 29, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    People like you make me want to donate. I have $200 and challenge all fans to match it and show Ralph where your heart is. I am a poor student and will ramen noodles to do this donation. Any other Pirates with me?
  • by BJ Location: Washington, N. C. on Sep 29, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    In a future newspaper, please let us that supported this the amount raised to help with his hospital bills. Hopefully a lots because I'm pretty sure he's going to need it to pay for the high costs.
  • by linda Location: Winterville on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Ralph, Scott and his brother both have a college degree, and maintain jobs outside of music. They were taught the value of a dollar and the importance of working to achieve your goals. Its not their fault that someone else tried to take a short cut through life instead of working. They don't now and have never lived off their parents, welfare or any other assistance, THEY WORKED! If it offends you to read about the people wanting to help them in their time of need, DON'T READ about it. Log off and go to church, and pray that someday you're not in the same situation as these guys!!
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