Crime

Lancaster man killed, 19-year-old charged in York County shooting

Mardarius Bailey
Mardarius Bailey

Police have arrested a teen on a murder charge and are seeking a second man in York County after a fatal shooting Tuesday, police said.

The victim was identified as Mardarius Bailey, 23, of Lancaster, said Sabrina Gast, York County coroner.

Tyler Wayne Montgomery, 19, of 432 Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill, was charged with murder Wednesday, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said.

A witness to the shooting picked Montgomery out of a photo line-up, according to the warrant against Montgomery.

York County Sheriff's Office deputies searched into the morning Wednesday for two suspects after Bailey was found shot around 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of Adnah Church Road and S.C. 5, between Rock Hill and York, said Tolson.

A second suspect, sought since the shooting, has not been caught, police said.

The relationship between Bailey and Montgomery and a motive for the crime has not been released by police.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson describes the suspects in a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon between Rock Hill and York that left one man, 23, dead. The victim was found in a car at the corner of S.C. 5 and Adnah Church Road around 4:45 Tuesday.

Adnah Church Road runs between S.C. 5 and S.C. 161.

Montgomery, the suspect, lives in the 400 block of Adnah Church Road, arrest warrants show. The shooting happened "near" the intersection of Adnah Church Road and Windsong Lane, about a mile from where Montgomery lives, according to arrest warrants and police reports.

The victim was taken several miles south by another person in a car on Adnah Church Road to S.C. 5, said Tolson. The driver, who has not been named, flagged down a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper, Tolson said.. The trooper rendered first aid. Bailey died at the scene, said Gast.

Tolson has not said what the driver of the car carrying the victim may have told police, or if weapons or other evidence have been recovered.

Montgomery has no criminal record, aside from a 2016 traffic citation, according to State Law Enforcement Division and York County court records.

Bailey was out on $2,000 bond after a February drug arrest by Lancaster County Sheriff's Office deputies, according to SLED and police court records.

Erica Simpson, a former teacher who recalled Bailey from elementary school, said that he was a bright student. Bailey always hugged her during a shared recess period she had with his teacher, Simpson said.

On Facebook, Simpson wrote: "As a former teacher, you love all the kids but certain kids stand out more than others. They touch your heart for life."

Neighbors watching the scene unfold Tuesday evening, as police searched for suspects, were warned to stay inside and to not approach any potential suspects.

Neighborhoods in the Wellington and Windsong areas off Adnah Church Road were alerted by police in email and social media alerts, reverse 911 phone calls and by deputies.

"The message said we should lock our doors," said Chet Miller, who lives in the Wellington neighborhood.

Several police cars were at the entrance to the neighborhood and other neighborhoods and roads along Adnah Church Road.

A State Law Enforcement Division helicopter circled the area for hours until after dark, Miller said.

"The police kept at it for hours," Miller said.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald

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