Report sheds new details on Rock Hill sports bar shooting

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 16, 2013 

The Palmetto Sports Bar at the corner of Firetower and Porter Roads where three men were shot during a fight in the parking lot Saturday morning.

— One of four men injured in the parking lot of a Rock Hill sports bar early Saturday suffered gunshot wounds in his leg and foot, while another was shot several times, deputies said on Monday.

When officers arrived at the Palmetto Sports Bar at the intersection of Firetower and Porter roads at about 2 a.m., they found Zackary Cleveland, 24, and Bobby Trader, 23, lying on the ground with several people standing around them, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report released Monday. They also found Justin Faile, 23, badly beaten and lying on the ground.

Witnesses identified Faile as the shooter, the report states, and deputies found a handgun on the ground a few feet away from him.

As more deputies arrived at the scene, they learned that 25-year-old Samuel Fitcher had also been shot in the arm. Authorities on Saturday said they believe one of the gunshot victims was a bystander who had nothing to do with the altercation. Ashley Hargett, a patron at the bar the night of the shooting, told The Herald that the victim was her cousin.

The report released Monday does not indicate which victim may have been a bystander. No charges had been filed Monday.

A possible motive for the shooting has not been released, but employees at Palmetto Sports Bar posted on the bar’s Facebook page that a guest at a birthday party became involved in a conflict with two regulars in the parking lot.

After learning of the conflict, bar staff intervened to settle the dispute. They thought “the matter was closed as those involved were in a vehicle and leaving the premises,” a bar employee said on Facebook. “It was after that the incident escalated into gunfire.”

Everyone involved in the incident has been banned from the bar, which is also reviewing its policies for possible changes to prevent future incidents.

Faile and Trader were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and Cleveland and Fitcher were taken to Piedmont Medical Center, but were treated and released.

A woman who answered Faile’s phone declined to comment on Monday. Fitcher declined to comment. Efforts to reach Trader and Cleveland were unsuccessful.

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