Neighbors in the Campbell Crossing area gathered -- walking and driving -- on Farrier Lane Tuesday morning after an “awful and terrifying” night described by one as “like a war zone.”
Four York County police officers were shot in a gunfight during an overnight domestic violence call and manhunt outside York, and one was “critically wounded,” police said.
The incident happened in the neighborhood near the intersection of Paraham Road and S.C. 49 northeast of the city of York. The shootout and screams about injured officers terrified neighbors.
Neighbor Kim Hamrick said she heard the gunfire and the “awful and terrifying” shots and scream about an officer being down. The incident happened just a few hundred yards from her home, she said.
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“The whole thing was terrifying,” Hamrick said. “I could hear the screaming. I heard, ‘Officer down.’”
Hamrick said she is appalled anyone would be shot.
“My heart goes out to them and their families,” Hamrick said.
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Hamrick said she knows the suspect, Christian Thomas McCall, and his family, which includes a wife and two children. Her concern also is for their safety and welfare.
Lisa Wynn, another close neighbor, said there were so many shots fired, police and helicopters that “it is like a war zone out here.”
Wynn said the middle class neighborhood of single homes is generally quiet, with friendly people. Wynn said she knows McCall as a regular walker around the neighborhood. But she is closer to McCall’s wife.
“All our back yards are connected. This is a quiet and beautiful place,” Wynn said. “None of us knows what goes on behind the closed doors of our neighbors, though. My concern is for the officers and their families, and the family here. I wish I could hug the wife right now.”
Other neighbors heard the gunshots and helicopter. Chris Chudyk, from the nearby cul-de-sac where shots were fired, said she and her husband were awakened after 1 a.m. by the sound of gunshots and the helicopter.
“I thought they were firing at the helicopter,” said Chudyk, walking her dog, Willow, on Farrier Lane. “We knew someone has to be on foot.”
She said they heard two rounds of shots.
“It’s incredibly sad. It’s very emotional,” she said, tearing up. “And you pray for the family and police.”
Neighbor Roger Gilfillan, standing at his driveway, said he heard about the shooting when he was called at 6 a.m. by a friend to see if he was OK after word started to spread on social media about the shootings. Gilfillan said he would see Christian walking the neighborhood about three times a week.
“I just feel for everybody involved,” Gilfillan said. “They’re a nice family.”