Police: Gang activity suspected in two Rock Hill drive-by shootings

07/18/2014 8:41 AM

07/18/2014 8:54 AM

Gang activity might be involved in two drive-by shootings reported in Rock Hill on Thursday after residents told police a large group of teenagers attacked their relatives and fired shots at their homes, according to authorities.

Police were sent to a Habitat Court home, off Oates Street near South Heckle Boulevard, at about 1:20 a.m. when a woman, 23, reported that someone in a silver Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis drove in front of her home and shot two rounds near the house, according to a Rock Hill police report. The homeowner told officers that earlier in the night she went to a Cornelius Street home to pick up her siblings when they were “jumped on” by a large group of people, possibly affiliated with the Weezy Boys, a neighborhood gang.

The woman managed to identify one of the assailants as a 16-year-old boy, the report states, and believes he might be a suspect in the shooting. As police walked to the woman’s house, an officer noticed a silver Dodge with a broken window and bullet hole parked nearby. Police found a large bullet fragment and several other fragments lodged between the top portion of the car’s window and window frame.

About 30 minutes later, police were sent to a Blanche Circle home, off Crawford Road, where a homeowner explained that a silver car passed in front of her house. A passenger inside leaned out the window and fired at least five shots. Police could not find any bullet holes or damage. The homeowner told police that the Weezy Boys, led by a 16-year-old boy, fought her son, 14, and then came back with a gun. She did not see who fired the gun.

Police have determined the boy who fought the woman’s son might be the same boy accused of attacking the first woman’s siblings. Authorities continue to investigate.

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