Father charged in son's shooting
Rock Hill police have charged a father with shooting his son during an argument in their home at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The father, Robert Melvin Lowder Sr., 68, of 2127 Dutchman Drive in Rock Hill was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, said Lt. Les Herring of the Rock Hill Police Department.
His son, Robert Melvin Lowder Jr., 25, of the same address was shot with a pistol, Herring said. The son was undergoing surgery at Piedmont Medical Center Sunday night.
Police investigate 7 killings in 7 days
CHARLOTTE -- The last week of 2007 was also the city's deadliest. Seven people have been slain in seven days, police say.
On Saturday morning the bodies of two men who were shot to death were found inside a one-story home off Wilkinson Boulevard -- the sixth and seventh killings since last Sunday.
Police didn't immediately release the men's names. James Su said his father lived in the home, and that officers suspected -- but had not confirmed -- that the older man was one of the victims.
Su described his father as a 68-year-old retired aviation technician who lived in Charlotte for 32 years. Su, who is an owner of nearby China Gate Restaurant, wouldn't give his father's name.
The killings bring December's total to 12, nearly twice as many as any other month in 2007. This year, 74 people have died in what police classified as homicides.
Police wouldn't say whether they have a suspect or discuss a motive in Saturday's slayings.
Officers have arrested a suspect in only one of last week's killings.
Malik Barcel James is charged with murder in the Friday night shooting death of his cousin, Tracey Albert McKenzie.
Police have also issued an arrest warrant in the week's first killing. Moises Aquilar was stabbed to death at 2420 Julia Ave. last Sunday. Officers are searching for his neighbor, Raymundo Castaneda, 29.
The killings have taxed homicide detectives, who were also dispatched Saturday to investigate two other deaths that were not classified as homicides.
The detectives are "very, very busy," said CMPD spokeswoman Julie Hill. "We've got 18 detectives, but there's a lot of work going on."