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Pregnant woman among shooting victims; Rock Hill man waives extradition, cops say

York County Sheriffs looking for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in Rock Hill shootings

The York County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public on the whereabouts of 35-year-old Marques Quantez Heath, the suspect in both shootings that locked down Rock Hill schools on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.
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The York County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public on the whereabouts of 35-year-old Marques Quantez Heath, the suspect in both shootings that locked down Rock Hill schools on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

The Rock Hill man who is accused of killing one woman and shooting two others Tuesday also beat three others with a hammer, police said.

The woman who died Tuesday after being shot has been identified as Shanijela Shamichael Williams, 20, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

Williams was deceased when York County deputies arrived at the Leach Road home, Gast said.

One of the women who was shot and survived was pregnant, court documents say.

No motive for the crimes has been released.

Marques Quantez Heath, 35, of Rock Hill was in the Mecklenburg County jail Tuesday following a police chase after the attacks. He waived extradition Wednesday and will be served arrest warrants when he is booked at the York County jail, said York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris.

York County Sheriff’s Office deputies have identified five of the six victims.

Faris said the people who were attacked at the Leach Road home are:

- Bethany Farrar was shot in the chest and is in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Farrar was pregnant, court documents show.

- Herman Leach, Shane Shillinglaw and Sheila Rushing were assaulted by Heath with a hammer, Faris said. All three were treated at PMC.

- Laquata Wilson was shot at the Farlow Street home, Faris said. Wilson is in critical condition at CMC.

Heath shot Farrar and Williams at a home on Leach Road around 11 a.m. Tuesday, said York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

Heath then shot a woman at a Farlow Street home before fleeing to Charlotte, Tolson said.

Heath was arrested in January on charges of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after he beat Farrar at the same Leach Road home where she was shot Tuesday, arrest warrants and police documents show.

“Knowing that the victim is pregnant, the defendant (Heath) continued to physically assault her while she was on the ground, telling her he was going to kill her, and causing visible injury about the head and face,” the warrant states.

Heath, a convicted felon, was out on bond for 15 other charges at the time of the domestic violence arrest in January, including 14 weapons and drug charges. He was given a $10,000 bond after the beating of Farrar In January and was released, court documents show.

Heath was caught by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, following a chase on South Boulevard. Police said he was wanted for murder and attempted murder.

No motive for the crimes has been released.

Detectives were still working both crime scenes Wednesday.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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