Shootings prompt increased security at school

YORK -- A shootout between two gangs that left one member dead and another wounded this week has prompted school officials to step up security at York Comprehensive High School.

In addition to the school resource officer, two others have been pulled from neighboring district schools, Superintendent Russell Booker said.

Officials say they don't want any disruptions or violence at the high school associated with the Tuesday night California Street shooting.

"We've heightened our security just to ensure that there's no spillover from the community into the school," Booker said Thursday. "The school is safe. We haven't had any disruptions, and we do not anticipate any problems on Friday. We're just pulling over some extra people so our students can feel safe."

A recorded message to parents Thursday noted that the city of York will provide additional security on campus.

"We'll have officers in the area," Police Chief Bill Mobley said. "We'll be riding through checking."

Police believe a street fight between two York gangs -- the Cali Boys and Valley Boys -- triggered the shooting, which killed 19-year-old Dawud Rasheed Chester, a member of the Valley Boys, and wounded Cali Boys member Lorraine Shannon, 33.

Police on Wednesday charged Antonio Maurice Mobley, 25, of York with illegal possession of a gun in connection with the shooting, according to police reports. Also arrested on previous charges was Monquarius Antonio Duncan, 19, also of York.

Police documents state both men were involved in the shooting. The documents also note that Mobley had a gun that fell out of his pocket.

Meanwhile, Mobley's father, Silas Mobley, contends his son drove to the area of the fight with one goal in mind.

"My son was trying to stop the fight because they were fighting his brother and cousin," Silas Mobley said.

Then someone pulled a gun, and Mobley retreated, his father said.

"Bullets were flying everywhere," said another family member, who asked not to be identified. "I laid down. I crawled back to my house."

Police later found an unresponsive Chester lying face down in a California Street front yard. Shannon was taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill and later transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Chief Mobley said no one else was injured in the incident that drew more than 200 people to California Street, according to a police video. Some of the people exchanged words with others in the crowd, as York County's SWAT team and the York County Sheriff's Office helped with crowd control, police reports note.

As one family prepares for a funeral, others fear retaliation. Silas Mobley said he doesn't know the origin of the dispute that triggered the shootings.

"Antonio doesn't have anything to do with this," Mobley said about his son, who graduated from college in Spartanburg and planned to take an exam to earn his real estate license. "He might have been at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We're all mourning," he added. "We're all family."

Mobley did not have a weapon when he was arrested, York's police chief said. However, police recovered five shells from the scene, he said.

"The shells appear similar and possibly could have come from the same weapon," he said.

Those shells and other evidence, such as clothes, were turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division for testing. While SLED does its testing, York police will continue their investigation.

"We're still talking to people, interviewing witnesses and trying to run down leads," said Mobley, the chief. "We want to cover all the bases."