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Rock Hill homicide victim, 24, identified; he died after being shot at birthday party

One person dead, two others shot in early Saturday shooting at party in Rock Hill

Three people were shot at a party at the former American Legion at the corner of Constitution Blvd. and Cherry Road in Rock Hill early Saturday, police said. One victim died at a Charlotte hospital.
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Three people were shot at a party at the former American Legion at the corner of Constitution Blvd. and Cherry Road in Rock Hill early Saturday, police said. One victim died at a Charlotte hospital.

Rock Hill police are investigating the city's first 2018 homicide, in which a 24-year-old man died after being shot at a birthday party Saturday morning.

Eric Williams, of Rock Hill, died at Carolinas Medical Center, said Sabrina Gast, York County Coroner.

Williams was shot at a function held at the former American Legion post at the corner of Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard, said Capt. Mark Bollinger, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department.

Police, who responded to reports of gunfire at around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, did not find Williams at the scene, Bollinger said.

Later, police located Williams at Piedmont Medical Center. He was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, but died.

An incident report shows at least four people were shot at during the incident.

Tom Ayers, commander of the American Legion post, now headquartered on Heckle Boulevard in southern Rock Hill, said the former legion site was rented out Friday evening for a birthday party. Other information about the party was not available.

As of late Monday, no arrests have been made, Bollinger said.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald

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