Fort Mill shooting followed by 9 mile police chase

adouglas@heraldonline.comMarch 4, 2013 

— Two Rock Hill men face criminal charges as Fort Mill police investigate a Saturday night shooting and police chase.

The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. at an apartment near the Fort Mill Square Shopping Center at Highway 160 and Doby’s Bridge Road, according to Fort Mill police.

Cordora De’Andre Harris, 23, of Fort Mill told police he was at the Drane Circle apartment to pick up his child when a man fired a handgun at him several times, according to a police report.

In the doorway of the apartment, Harris began to argue with Irayain Obrian Mitchell, 23, of Rock Hill. Also inside the apartment was Kolby Sinclair Byers, 24, of Rock Hill, who pulled a handgun from his waistband and chased him into the parking lot, according to the report.

Harris took cover in his sister’s apartment nearby after Byers shot at him “numerous times,” the report states.

The shooter missed Harris, but hit a Ford Explorer two times in the parking lot.

Byers and Mitchell fled the scene toward Rock Hill, sending police on a 9-mile chase down Cherry Road and Heckle Boulevard, according to the report.

Rock Hill police used stop sticks on the road to disable the vehicle they say Mitchell was driving.

During the pursuit, Byers jumped out of the car and ran from police on foot, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Police arrested Byers and Mitchell in Rock Hill after the chase.

At the Fort Mill apartment, police say Harris kicked in two doors and physically assaulted the mother of his two children after Byers and Mitchell left the scene. When police arrived, the woman had blood on his nostrils and bruises around her left eye, according to the report.

Harris told police when he kicked the apartment bedroom door in, the door hit the woman in the face, the report states.

Fort Mill police say they found a .380 caliber Cobra gun in the grass alongside Brickyard Road where officers first started chasing Byers and Mitchell.

Rock Hill police charged Byers with possession of marijuana on Saturday night after finding about 11 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in his pocket after the police pursuit ended, according to a police report.

Byers is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Mitchell is charged with driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights and accessory after the fact to a felony.

Harris is not in police custody but could face charges as the investigation continues.

The children at the apartment were left in the custody of their mother, he said.

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