ROCK HILL — One of three men accused in a fatal shooting at a Rock Hill apartment complex Tuesday night took a bullet to the arm during an exchange of gunfire and fractured his leg as he was fleeing the shootout police say resulted in the death of a man loved ones described as a faithful father.
Laterrious Demonte Ashley, 20, of Rock Hill went to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C., with a gunshot wound before paramedics took him to CMCs main hospital in Charlotte, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department. By Wednesday evening, Ashley was still hospitalized undergoing medical treatment.
Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police received calls about shots fired at Stone Haven apartments on Stoney Pointe Drive, off Celanese Road. When officers arrived, they found Jordan Poirier, 20, dead from a gunshot wound inside Building 1274, Unit 308. They also found bullet holes in the walls.
Witnesses told police that they spotted three men fleeing from the apartment before police arrived. Later, police spoke with more witnesses, one of whom was able to describe the severe injuries one of the suspects suffered.
Police contacted all hospitals in the area to check on any gunshot victims, Bollinger said.
Police learned that Ashley had gone to Charlotte, Bollinger said, and issued warrants charging him with murder. Detectives spoke with him Tuesday night.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are helping Rock Hill authorities monitor Ashley while hes in Charlotte, Bollinger said.
Police eventually identified Desmond Lamont Cunningham, 21, and Kenyan Jamal McClinton, 20, both of Rock Hill, as suspects. They are both at large, police say.
We are currently looking for them; their families know were looking for them, Bollinger said.
Police are asking for the publics help in finding Cunningham and McClinton, Bollinger said. They are considered armed and dangerous.
Poirier is believed to have been involved in a shootout with the three suspects, whom he knew, Bollinger said.
There was an exchange of gunfire, said Bollinger, adding that police are not sure if Poirier actually fired shots.
Two guns were recovered at the scene, he said, that were dropped by all parties. The weapons will be sent to the State Law Enforcement Division so authorities can learn who held the firearms.
Witnesses told detectives the suspects left the area in a car that authorities later found parked at CMC-Pineville, Bollinger said.
Police said there was a friend in Poiriers apartment who did not witness the shooting, but has helped in the investigation, Bollinger said.
Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that Ashley has prior convictions for burglary, for which he spent less than two years in prison. Cunningham has no convictions, but prior arrests for unlawful weapons carrying, drug distribution and possession, and third-degree assault and battery. McClinton has prior convictions for strong-arm robbery and criminal conspiracy.
On Wednesday, neighbors at Stone Haven declined to discuss Tuesday nights events with The Herald. Splatters of blood dotted the wooden railings in the buildings staircase. A trail of blood extended from the top of a staircase to the back of the apartment building, close to a woodline.
Tuesday night, Anna Hamacher learned about the death of her daughters father on Facebook.
On Wednesday, she, her mother, Susan Osborne, and sister, Heather Hamacher, stood outside Poiriers mothers home in Clover, grieving and in tears. They said they could not understand why someone would kill Poirier, a great daddy, who became Anna Hamachers high school sweetheart when they were 14.
Once the two met, keeping them apart was difficult, Osborne said, despite their families best attempts. When they were 15, Anna Hamacher became pregnant with their daughter, Addie. Poirier went to work at a roofing company in Gastonia, N.C., to take care of his family, she said.
For the next several years, the couple would go back and forth in their relationship, said Heather Hamacher, Anna Hamacher's sister. When their parents ordered them to stay away from each other, Heather Hamacher often would allow them to meet up at her house.
Osborne was not too pleased at the time, Heather Hamacher said. But now she has no regrets.
He was good to my granddaughter, Obsorne said. I could not have asked for a better father for my granddaughter.
Though the two later separated, Poirier once proposed to Anna Hamacher on a picture of him with relatives. At the bottom of the photograph, he wrote in marker: Be my wife for life! Marry me!
Until he rented his apartment at Stone Haven, Poirier, a native of Toledo, Ohio, lived in Clover with his mother, stepfather and daughter. He also leaves behind two younger sisters and three younger brothers. He graduated from Clover High School after transferring from Rock Hill High School, where he played football. He worked at Black & Decker Power Tools in Fort Mill.
He worked all the time, Osborne said, but he made sure Addie was in church every Sunday. He attended Harvest Ministries in Rock Hill, where his funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday.
His killing, Osborne said, is just senseless.
And now, my grandbaby aint got no daddy, she said. That little girl, her daddys gone and it was senseless.
Anna Hamacher said she had never before heard the names of the three suspects accused in Poiriers slaying. But, she did know this: I want them to be caught.
Not too long ago, Poirier made plans to enlist in the Marines. His family begged him to stay.
On Wednesday, a sobbing Osborne said, I wish he had gone.
Herald reporter Anna Douglas contributed to this report