A North Carolina man eating pizza outside a Rock Hill apartment was hospitalized with bullet wounds to his back and side after police say gunmen opened fire in the area in one in a series of shootings reported this weekend.
Police at about 2 a.m. Saturday swarmed Amelia Avenue after receiving reports of shots fired in the area, according to a Rock Hill police report. A woman, 31, told police she heard several gunshots outside her window and saw a woman, believed to be a 19-year-old aquaintence, in her driveway firing shots at someone running through the backyard.
When she confronted the woman with the gun, the suspect pulled a knife on her and her children, the report states. The gun-wielding woman left the scene with several other people who were driving three separate cars. Police found pizza slices and boxes in the road.
About 50 minutes later, police went to Piedmont Medical Center after they learned a gunshot victim reported to the emergency room, the report states. Rojon Meares, 30, of Columbus County, N.C., told police he went to the Rock Hill Homes apartments to pick up his children from his girlfriend. As he waited, he told officers he was eating pizza when three cars drove quickly through the area.
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The cars circled the block and stopped near him before several people got out and started firing. Meares ran up the driveway when he heard more gunshots and felt pain in his back. He collapsed at the front door of a house, the report states, before climbing into his car and driving himself to the hospital.
Police investigated another shooting reported at about 12 p.m. Sunday when officers found that a Dodge Avenger and Chevrolet Suburban crashed into each other amid a barrage of gunfire on Church Street, off Dave Lyle Boulevard. The victims told police they drove away from the Catawba Terrace neighborhood when passengers in a golden Toyota Corolla drove at them and began shooting. The Avenger and Suburban crashed into each other as the Corolla drove east on Church Street. No one was hit by a bullet. A witness gave police a different account of the shooting, but what he told them was not detailed on the report.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.