A 24-year-old Rock Hill woman remained in critical condition Tuesday evening after she was shot in the head early Christmas morning.
Rock Hill Police charged Lavar Vincent Whitted, 23, of 579 Pineway Downs with assault and battery with intent to kill, criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the incident, Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.
Jonathan Tristan Henderson, 19, of 868 Crest St., was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a pistol under 21 and criminal conspiracy, Waldrop said.
"We were hoping it would be a calm holiday season, but it has been a violent week so far," he said.
Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to 108 Piedmont St., where they found the victim lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the side of her head, Waldrop said. She was identified as Christina Contreras of Rock Hill.
The woman was taken to Piedmont Medical Center and was transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a PMC representative said.
Meanwhile, tips from witnesses led police to Henderson and Whitted. Whitted called police and reported that he lost his gun on Piedmont Street, according to a police report.
It is unclear who fired the handgun or if the gun has been found, Waldrop said.
Both men were found a few blocks from the shooting near Glencairn Garden and were identified by a witness, authorities said.
'Some fighting,' police say
Police have not determined a motive for the shooting. "There was some type of argument at the scene," Waldrop said. "There was some fighting."
Waldrop could not say how many people were involved in the incident. Officials also were not certain how the shooting took place, he said.
Neither Whitted nor Henderson are new to the judicial system.
Whitted's criminal history indicates a first-degree criminal domestic violence charge, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Henderson's criminal history reflects several charges, including two counts of second-degree burglary, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to SLED.
The document also states that Henderson is prohibited from obtaining or having ammunition or a firearm.
Waldrop said assault and battery with intent to kill can carry a 30-year prison sentence.
Whitted's bond was set at $60,000, while Henderson's bond was $70,000. Both remained in custody Tuesday night at Rock Hill city jail.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7200 or York County CrimeStoppers at 1-877-409-4321.
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