Police: Robbery, shootings may be connected

Two drive-by shootings and one armed robbery in Rock Hill on Sunday resulted in one man being shot in the arm and left police thinking the three incidents could be related, Rock Hill Police Lt. Les Herring said.

From 2:30 a.m. until about 7 p.m. Sunday, three separate incidents occurred, all involving a group of men and a minivan, according to police reports.

• At about 2:30 a.m., police responded to an armed robbery in the 1200 block of Green Street Extension, according to a police report. The victim, a 37-year-old Rock Hill man, told police eight men got out of a minivan, approached him as he was walking down the street, pointed a handgun and demanded money, the report states. The victim told police he gave the men a cell phone and some cash, and they then hit him with the gun, punched him in the face and fled in the van, the report states.

• Around 5:30 p.m., police were called to South Confederate Avenue, where a man said he heard multiple gunshots, a police report states. The man told police a large black man about 16 to 18 years old wearing a long, red T-shirt fired shots into Armory Park, then got into a purple van and left, according to the report. The man said the minivan, which he described as a Plymouth with North Carolina tags, sped past his home on South Confederate Avenue, and seven or eight passengers were inside. The report states no one else at the park was willing to describe what happened. No one was injured.

• At 6:45 p.m., 21-year-old Trevon Winn of Rock Hill was shot in the arm when a group of men pulled up in a purple minivan and gunshots were fired, according to a police report. Winn and a friend were walking near the intersection of Finley Road and South York Avenue when four men got out of the van and asked for their names, the report states. When the two victims tried to run away, shots were fired and Winn was injured, the report states.

Lt. Herring said Winn's injuries were minor, and he was treated at Piedmont Medical Center. Winn described the shooter as a 6-foot-3-inch black male, who appeared to be about 18 years old and weighed about 270 pounds, the report states.

Herring said the two evening incidents both involved a purple minivan with teenagers. The shooter in both cases also had a similar description, he said. Herring said the early morning robbery also involved men in a van, but the victim couldn't provide a detailed description.

"We believe at least two (incidents) are connected to the same van," he said.

Herring said detectives didn't recover any shell casings, so the type of gun used is unknown. He said the three crimes don't appear to have a common motive, nor did the suspects appear to target anyone specific.

"It's kind of an unusual situation," Herring said. "It looks like they were just out acting stupid."

Herring said police have not made any arrests in connection with the shootings. He said anyone with information about the shootings or the purple van should call police at (803) 329-7200.