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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