Police search for suspect after deadly Lancaster shooting

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 19, 2014 

— Police in Lancaster spent more than a day trying to find out why a man was shot to death at a West Meeting Street home Tuesday night and then left to die in the front yard, authorities say.

Just before 11 p.m., police officers performing a routine property check on a business heard gunshots go off nearby, said Capt. Scott Grant with the Lancaster Police Department. At the same time, dispatchers received numerous calls from residents reporting that shots were fired.

Police went to the house and found Rondell Thompson lying on the ground in the front yard, according to The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV. By the time officers found the victim, he appeared to be dead, Grant said. Paramedics confirmed their observations.

The house is just across the street from Springs Memorial Hospital, which police recommended go on a temporary lockdown after they learned of the shooting.

Investigators spent much of Wednesday speaking with several witnesses who were either within "ear's reach or eye's reach" of the shooting when it happened, Grant said. Witnesses have "run the gamut," he said, with some of them being forthcoming and cooperative, while others have refused to divulge any information.

Grant said officers are not sure how many suspects are involved. Police have no information on a possible suspect, he said. He would not say what police found in the house, other than spent casings.

By Wednesday evening, he said authorities had not found any "tangible piece of information telling us why this happened."

Grant confirmed that officers in the past had been at the house several times to serve warrants related to drug investigations. He said police have not uncovered any evidence indicating that the shooting was drug-related.

Even with all these obstacles, Grant said police are confident they will be able to find out something solid about the homicide by Thursday.

"I truly feel we're going to pull all" the pieces together, he said.

This is the first homicide this year in the city of Lancaster.

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