A 34-year-old woman was stabbed to death inside a North Carolina convenience store by her ex-boyfriend. The Kings Mountain Police department is on the lookout for the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Timothy Prescott Parson.

Ashley Erin Scoggins was stabbed inside the Silver Express store on East King Street on Tuesday evening, according to WSOC.

Officers responded around 7:45 p.m. and found Scoggins with stab wounds. The woman was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

The victim's family revealed she was a mother to an 11-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. Scoggins' grandmother, Nancy Costner, said Parson was the father of the younger child.

"Tim, you need to give yourself up. You know what you did," the bereaved grandmother reportedly said, appealing to the suspect.

The victim and the assailant lived together with the children in Gastonia until Scoggins left him last year, Costner revealed, adding that Scoggins had later told a judge that Parson abused her and was stalking her.

The mother of two also told the judge that the accused had threatened to kill her. "He said he would rather see her dead than with anybody else," Costner told the outlet.

An employee who witnessed the stabbing said Scoggins was accompanied by someone else when she walked into the store. The suspect walked in shortly after Scoggins and got into an argument with her.

"The cashier told them, don't be starting no trouble in here, so if you do, take it outside and he said, ain't going to be no trouble, and she said yeah it's going to be trouble," the unidentified staff member told WBTV.

"I heard a little smack and I thought he had just hit her, and she came running down the aisle saying 'oh god, oh god,' and she ran outside, and he went outside, casually walked out," the employee added.

Witnesses said Scoggins was fatally stabbed within five minutes of entering the store.

A clerk also told WSOC that Parson stabbed the woman in the chest near the heart, and did it so casually that none of the people around realized what was happening until after the fact.

The suspect then walked out of the store as if nothing had happened. "'It's not over yet but it's fixing to be.' That's what he said," the clerk recalled hearing Parson's words to Scoggins.

Since the search for Parson began, officers managed to locate a vehicle that was possibly driven by him but are still investigating for details about his whereabouts.

Officials shared a description of Parson and said the man is 6-foot-1, weighs 190 pounds, and has a short-cut beard. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and tan-colored pants with a red bandana on his head.

The police department urged the public to come forward with any information that could lead to an arrest.

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