On Monday September 20, 2010 Parmalee had just finished performing at a nightclub in Rock Hill, SC when two armed men forced their way onto the band's RV and demanded money. Detectives say the suspects pointed a gun at vocalist Matt Thomas, at which point his brother Scott Thomas came out from the back of the RV with his own gun and told the robbers to leave. According to the police incident report It was at that time the male suspects fired on Scott and he returned fire. A shootout ensued, which lead to both robbers along with Scott being shot. Lieutenant Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill police says one of the robbers, Demario Burris, died at the scene, the other suspect, Dytavis Hinton, ran about a hundred yards then collapsed.
Scott Thomas is undergoing a series of surgeries in a Charlotte hospital and remains in the Intensive Care Unit. Updates on his condition can be found at Parmalee.com.
Medical bills will likely mount into the thousands of dollars, not to mention lost work for a band who makes their living touring. Anyone who knows Parmalee describes them frequently as The hardest working band in the business. Parmalee needs help financial help. 100% of the money received through the Help Parmalee fund will go directly to the band to help offset the immense expenses that go along with a tragedy such as this. These guys are humble American guys who understand the meaning of integrity, honesty, and hard work and who are always quick to lend a hand to those in need.
Parmalee did not ask for this fund to be set up. This fund has been set up by friends and fans wanting to give back to a band that has given so much of themselves over the years. Go to www.helpparmalee.com
Note: I've known Scott most of his life and he is one of the most hard-working people I know. He is good ole NC southern boy, member of the NRA, and works in the timber business to help fill in the gaps that his music career can't cover...yet. I know it is tough for everybody, if you can't donate please say a prayer for his recovery. He is still listed in critical conditon and faces one more surgery on Friday the 24 th to close one his wounds.