Cocaine, bullet holes and discarded shell casings were some of the only clues left behind after police responded to two separate incidents where suspects allegedly fired guns during disputes in Rock Hill this weekend, authorities say.
First on Saturday, officers were sent to a Flint Street home at about 1 a.m. after receiving a call about several people fighting, according to a Rock Hill police report. While on his way, one officer heard about six or seven gunshots coming from the Flint Street area. Another officer arrived on scene, where he witnessed several people fighting outside an apartment. When the combatants realized police were on scene, most of them ran away, the report states. A witness told police that a man, 22, had a gun and fired it into the air several times. Police found a bullet hole on the screen door and the front door of the apartment. Police are still investigating.
In an unrelated incident early Sunday, police were sent to a Columbia Avenue home behind the District Three Stadium after receiving word of a fight with shots fired, according to another Rock Hill police report. As officers arrived, several people scattered. Witnesses who stayed behind told police the gunman left the scene in a car. Police found nine bullets along the road, along with a bag of cocaine.
While police spoke with people on scene, William Derrick Jones, 37, allegedly began yelling and started flinging his arms into the air. Police tried calming Jones, who smelled of alcohol. He was unable to maintain a conversation with an officer, other than repeating a story about his previous arrest. Jones was loud and continued throwing his arms in the air. Authorities arrested him, charging him with public disorderly conduct. Police also arrested Jones’ girlfriend, Pamela Bratton, 24, who walked up behind police even as they told her to back away. She allegedly ignored officers and was charged with hindering police.