Man injured in drive-by shooting at Rock Hill motel; 1 arrested

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 14, 2014 

— A man wanted in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting outside a Rock Hill motel in which one victim was sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds turned himself in Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

Emmanuel Richardson, 20, is charged with attempted murder, possession of firearm during a crime of violence and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Officers at 3:50 a.m. Sunday were sent to the Economy Inn Express on Riverview Road after receiving reports of a dispute between several people outside, according to a Rock Hill Police report. As police arrived, officers heard several shots. A man sitting in a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo told police someone shot at him.

The car was riddled with bullets, the report states, in the driver’s side door and windshield. The man told police his brother, Kingsley Mitchell, 21, had been shot while he was driving the car. Mitchell was taken to Piedmont Medical Center by other witnesses.

Mitchell’s brother told police that he and several other people were inside a car as a large, dark-colored sport utility vehicle passed them, the report states. The people inside the SUV began yelling and arguing with them. The man told police he yelled back. The SUV pulled up in front of the man’s car, blocking him in. The occupants of the SUV got out, yelled and shot at the car. That’s when Mitchell was shot, his brother told police.

Mitchell’s brother described the suspect as a man with “long dreads,” the report states. He told authorities the SUV drove down Riverview Road toward Eden Terrace.

Police identified at least six witnesses. Officers went to the hospital, where Mitchell received treatment for “several gunshot wounds.”

Officers reviewed the motel’s surveillance video and saw that between 10 to 15 people were in the back parking lot arguing. The video shows several people getting into their cars and leaving the parking lot. In the video, Mitchell’s brother pulled up to the main office, as a silver or tan SUV almost hit the car. Both cars drove out of the camera's view before there was gunfire.

Richardson, court records show, pleaded guilty in 2011 to unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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