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Sunday's Cummings Street shooting yields no suspects

A 26-year-old Rock Hill woman was shot to death Sunday night after apparently answering a knock at the door.

But detectives have been unable to find many clues in the death of Amanda Rea Beaty, who became the city's first homicide victim this year.

"We just don't have a lot to go on," said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department, adding no arrests have been made and investigators don't have any suspects yet.

According to a police report, officers found Beaty lying on her front porch at 474 Cummings St. in southeast Rock Hill around 10:15 p.m.

Interim York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Beaty was shot more than once, but wouldn't release the exact number of wounds.

"She had them (gunshot wounds) everywhere, but the fatal wound came to the head," Gast said.

While details of the murder are slim, here's what police know:

Beaty's boyfriend had been inside the house with her before the shooting, the report states. He told police the couple heard a knock at the door, and when Beaty went to the door, gunshots rang out, the report states.

Neighbors heard the shots, called 911 and told police a vehicle sped away from the scene, heading south on Cummings Street, according to the report. Police canvassed the neighborhood for the vehicle but were unable to locate it.

"That's all we know," Waldrop said.

He said it's unclear if the shooting was random, or if Beaty was targeted for a reason. Beaty's boyfriend, whose name has not been released, is not a suspect, Waldrop said.

Brian Wood, a nearby neighbor, said he was laying in bed when the gunshots started.

"I ran outside and my neighbor came running at me yellin', 'Help me Brian, help me Brian! She's been shot,'" Wood said. "I got up there, and she was layin' dead on the porch.

"I haven't been able to sleep since," he said.

Wood said Beaty and her boyfriend moved to the area from Charlotte about four weeks ago. "They seemed nice," he said.

Waldrop said detectives are still looking for clues and investigating leads.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 877-409-4321 or the Rock Hill Police Department at (803) 329-7200.

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