A 40-year-old South Boston man faces two attempted murder charges along with numerous firearm charges after police said the suspect attempted to discharge a firearm Friday around 6 p.m. at employees inside of the Verizon store on Halifax Road.

Witnesses told authorities with the South Boston Police Department that Elroy Bates Jr. of Edmunds Street had pointed the handgun at employees and pulled the trigger twice, but police say the gun did not fire.

The incident was alleged to have centered around a domestic dispute, according to South Boston police.

After attempting to discharge the firearm, witnesses at the scene told South Boston police that he fled in a gold-colored Ford pickup truck.

Shortly after getting the description of the vehicle, police found it on Edmunds Street.

Bates Jr. was taken into custody without incident, according to South Boston police. Officer Dennis Blanks Jr. was the arresting officer.

Police said a search was conducted of a vehicle in the driveway of the residence and a firearm, thought to be used in the incident at Verizon, was located.

Bates Jr. was taken before a magistrate, and warrants were served for a felony charge of possession of firearm by a convicted violent felon, two felony charges of attempted murder, a felony charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, a felony charge of reckless handling of a firearm, a misdemeanor charge of concealed carry of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm.

He is being held without bond.

Authorities with the South Boston Police Department would like to thank the citizens of South Boston, members of the Virginia State Police and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter.