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Rock Hill 18-year-old charged in shooting

YORK -- Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Rock Hill man in connection with Sunday's shooting that left another man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lequintis Travaris Long of 1849 Wildcat Creek Road was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, said Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the York County Sheriff's Office.

Shooting victim Bryant Jerome Knox, 20, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said a conviction on an assault and battery with intent to kill charge could carry up to 20 years in prison. Possession of a firearm during a violent crime carries five years. Both are felony charges, he said.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Knox was visiting friends at 2134 Farlow St., when a car with several male passengers pulled up in front of the house, police said.

A man, later identified as Long, got out of the car and walked onto the front lawn, where he met Knox, police said.

Then a gunshot rang out.

Officers found Knox lying on the ground in front of the house, according to sheriff's reports. The report also notes that Knox, who had a gun powder burn on the front of his shirt, was conscious and breathing.

Knox was taken by medics to the campus of Rosewood Elementary School and flown to CMC.

Police previously told The Herald that Knox and the alleged shooter, believed to be friends, had argued for several days. Neighbors did not know what triggered the argument.

On Tuesday, Hoffman declined to reveal a possible motive in the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

Long had no criminal history until Tuesday's charges, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Long's bond was set at $6,000, according to a York County Web site. Long was released around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night from the York County Detention Center, a detention center official said.

Long's first court date is slated for Jan. 7.

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