Police in Fort Mill, Rock Hill join sheriff's office in shooting investigation

YORK — Authorities in Fort Mill and Rock Hill have joined forces with the York County Sheriff’s Office to investigate similarities between Thursday's shooting at a Rock Hill check cashing business and two other similar incidents in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, authorities today released video of Thursday's armed robbery at Cash on the Spot in Rock Hill.

“We’ve had three high-profile robberies within the last three weeks,” Lt. Tim Hager of the York County’s Sheriff’s Office said during a brief press conference today. “Obviously, the similarities between the three (cases) has brought us here today.”

Anyone with information about Thursday’s at shooting should call the York County Sheriff’s Office at 628-3059 or York County CrimeStoppers at 1-877-409-4321.

The customer shot Thursday was identified in a police incident report as Ida Neal Lord, 316 Baker St., in Rock Hill.

The report said Lord, 42, was shot in the head and back. She was listed in critical condition this morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The shooter initially entered Cash on the Spot near the intersection of South Cherry Road and Heckle Boulevard and sat down in a chair. Lord later approached a window inside the business. The shooter grabbed her, put a gun against Lord's head, and fired a shot.

The report wasn't clear about whether the initial shot struck Lord.

The shooter demanded money. An employee at the business went behind a desk and called 911 for assistance.

The report said the shooter left with no money.

It was the third York County robbery within the last three weeks that ended with a shooting. On Jan. 28, an employee at Rock Hill's Saltwater Seafood Market was shot twice. She was later released from CMC. On Feb. 5, a clerk and a customer were shot at John Boy's Valero in Fort Mill. The clerk remained hospitalized Thursday at CMC. The customer, former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers, also was released from the hospital.

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