Man dies in Rock Hill shooting, first homicide of 2014

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Cell phone photo from the scene of a shooting at 1167 Cedar Grove Lane in Rock Hill.

ANNA DOUGLAS

— An unidentified man is dead and up to three suspects were at-large Friday evening after Rock Hill’s first homicide of 2014.

The fatal shooting happened around 2 p.m. at 1167 Cedar Grove Lane. When officers arrived, they found a man “unresponsive” with an unknown amount of gunshot wounds, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.

The victim was taken to the Piedmont Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, Bollinger said. The victim’s name and age had not been released Friday night.

It’s unknown what led to the shooting, Bollinger said.

Some weapons were found when a K-9 unit tracked the suspects’ scent from the scene, Bollinger said. But, he said, it’s unclear whether those weapons were used in Friday’s shooting.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and heard from witnesses that three unidentified suspects fled the scene in a blue Mercury SUV – possibly a Mountaineer. The suspects reportedly drove away down Cherry Road, toward Interstate 77.

Officials later found the vehicle abandoned on Sirrine Street in Rock Hill.

“Detectives have also located a white Kia, that also may be involved, abandoned in the Calvary Baptist Church parking lot on North Jones Avenue,” Bollinger said. “Both vehicles have been towed for processing by the forensics unit.”

Both vehicles have South Carolina license plates, he said.

For a short period of time Friday, the nearby Sullivan Middle School went on lockdown while police tried to track the shooting suspects.

Cedar Grove Lane is located off Cherry Road, not far from Cherry Park. The house where the shooting happened is a one-story brick home with a shed in the backyard.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 803-329-7200.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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