A Rock Hill man was in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Sunday night after being shot in the chest at close range in front of a friend's home.
York County Sheriff's detectives said Sunday night they believe the shooter was a friend of the victim, Bryant Knox, 20, of 1827 Rock Glen Drive. The two apparently had been arguing for several days, but neighbors said they did not know what it was about, according to sheriff's Sgt. J.N. Cornwell.
Knox had been visiting friends at 2134 Farlow St. on Sunday when a car with several young men pulled up in front of the house shortly after 3 p.m. One man got out and walked onto the front lawn, where he met Knox, Cornwell said.
"I was out in the kitchen cooking something to eat, and someone came in and told me there was a car with some guys outside and there was going to be trouble," said Laquata Wilson, 24, who lives at the residence. "Before I could get out there, I heard a gunshot."
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Wilson said she found Knox lying on the ground in front of the steps "looking like he was shocked." Medics transported Knox to the front lawn of Rosewood Elementary School, where a helicopter landed and transported him to the Charlotte trauma center.
Witnesses said Knox was conscious when he was airlifted, but he was not talking.
Adding to the tragedy, a year-and-a-half-old boy padded about the neighborhood. His father, James Oneal Boulware, 19, had been shot twice in the head and killed and his mother, Cassandra Jones, shot once in the head in August at their home on Kimbrell Street. The two were shot in the bedroom while the baby was in another room. No one has been arrested in that case.
Jones has a scar where the bullet entered her forehead. She spent a month in the hospital and was left blind in her left eye and deaf in her left ear. She didn't see the shooter, she said.
"I just came over here to visit my sister," said a visibly upset Jones, who no longer lives on Kimbrell Street, "and I found out this happened."
Detectives at first speculated that the two incidents were related, but Sunday night said they didn't think so.
"We assume this was a friend," Cornwell said of Sunday's shooter. "One way or another, we'll find him in a day or two."