4 suspected in shooting at VFW

Police are searching for four men suspected of shooting a 23-year-old man Thursday night at a party off Crawford Road in Rock Hill.

Antoine Livingston of Capital Heights, Md., was in fair condition Friday at a Charlotte hospital after a shooting that occurred around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 1404 Crawford Road. Livingston was shot once in the ribs during a confrontation with four unnamed men, police said.

Witnesses told officers the men came to the party to fight with Livingston, according to a Rock Hill police report. When the suspects were not allowed to come inside the private party, Livingston and the four suspects began arguing outside. During the altercation, the four suspects yelled they would "fire-up" the party, the report states, and Livingston and his friends said they would fire back.

Police estimated at least 20 gunshots were fired after the verbal exchange, Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.

"(The four suspects) came to the party looking for Livingston. When he came outside, they began firing, and he returned fire," Waldrop said, noting Livingston was the only person believed to be injured. "We're lucky more people weren't hurt."

Waldrop said the party was not a VFW function. He said the building had been rented to a private group.

Livingston was transported by two friends to Piedmont Medical Center where he was met by authorities, the report states. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Authorities recovered three handguns and ammunition from the car used to take Livingston to the hospital, the report states. Investigators collected at least 14 bullet shells from the scene, Waldrop said.

Waldrop said police still are investigating why Livingston was targeted. He declined to release names or a description of the four suspects but said detectives were still gathering information.

"We haven't arrested anybody yet, let's put it that way," Waldrop said. "The whole thing is under investigation. We're not ready to say a whole lot right now."