A shooting around 3 a.m. Sunday claimed the life of a Rock Hill man and left the mother of his toddler-age child in critical condition, police said.
James Oneal Boulware, 19, of 472 Kimbrell St. died from a gunshot wound to his head, York County interim Coroner Sabrina Gast said. An autopsy and toxicology test are scheduled for today, she said.
Cassandra Jones, also of 472 Kimbrell St., was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lt. Larry Vaughan of the Rock Hill Police Department. She remained in critical condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
No one else was injured in the shooting, Deputy Coroner Ev Amick said.
Police had no suspects as of Sunday night. At least one other family member was home at the time of the shooting, police said.
"We have nothing to lead us to believe it's a murder-suicide," said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department. "We are working it as a homicide."
Around 3 a.m., police responded to a shooting call at the home and found Boulware and Jones in one bedroom of the two-bedroom home, Vaughan said. Boulware was dressed in jeans and a top, Gast said.
Authorities were searching for a small-caliber handgun. Vaughan said it appeared both were shot from the same gun, but he declined to elaborate.
Boulware's family also declined to comment. Instead, they tried to console each other and make sense of the shootings as yellow crime tape fanned around the home. Inside the tape, the home's screen door stood open, and a lone Sprite can sat on the sidewalk in front of the home.
Boulware and Jones lived in Boulware's mother's home as a couple, but they were not married, Amick said.
The shooting marks the second homicide to happen within the past 30 days, both in that neighborhood. On July 29, Amanda Rea Beaty, 26, was shot multiple times on her porch, which is located less than a block away from Boulware's home. No one has been arrested in that case.
Justin Edge, a neighbor who had attended Rock Hill High with Boulware, described him as "a good person" who "never did anybody wrong."
According to an officer at the York County Detention Center, Boulware had been convicted of possession of marijuana in proximity to a school and was released in February 2006.
Another neighbor said it seemed Boulware was trying to settle down and had stayed home more at night recently.
Neighbors said they paid little notice to comings and goings late Saturday and early Sunday.
Anyone with information about this or the other shooting in that neighborhood should call the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7200 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.