Crime

Two jailed for gunfire outside Rock Hill home

Laqwon Coleman
Laqwon Coleman Rock Hill Police

Two Rock Hill men were charged with discharging a firearm in city limits after officers responded to gunshots outside an Amelia Avenue home Saturday, according to Rock Hill Police.

Laqwon Coleman, 26, of East White Street, and 23-year-old Sherman Crawford of Amelia Avenue were each charged with discharging a firearm in city limits. Coleman was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol, a police report states.

Gunshots were reported just before 11 p.m. outside a home on the 1200 block of Amelia Avenue.

A witness tipped off police, who located a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson in the bedroom under a laundry basket. The gun was found to be stolen out of Charlotte.

Coleman initially denied any involvement, but eventually admitted to being in possession of the pistol, police said. He denied being the one to fire the shots, but several anonymous witnesses identified him as the shooter of the .40-caliber pistol.

Nine spent .40-caliber and two spent .380-caliber casings were found in the roadway in front of the home. Witnesses told police Crawford fired the .380-caliber gun.

Officers found Crawford, who said he owned a .380 and put it under a mattress in the back bedroom, police said. Crawford denied firing gunshots, but later told officers he heard a disturbance outside and fired two gunshots to disperse the crowd. He also identified Coleman as the shooter of the .40-caliber gun.

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