Three shot near courthouse, sheriff’s office in York, police say
A Rock Hill man shot two people then turned the gun on himself Thursday outside a crowded convenience store near the the Moss Justice Center courthouse in York, police said.
The York County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office also is housed in the Moss center just a few hundred yards from the shooting scene. Deputies were on scene after the shooting within minutes.
The shooter was identified by York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris late Thursday as Darryl Ray Hinson Jr. of Rock Hill. Hinson, 25, remains hospitalized after he shot himself after shooting the two other men, said Andy Robinson, York Police Department chief.
It remains unclear why Hinson was in York or why he is accused of shooting the two men, ages 25 and 40.
Hinson has a 2017 conviction for drug possession, according to York County court records.
The shooting happened around 1:55 p.m. in the parking lot of the On the Run convenience store next to a Waffle House, Faris said. The stores are located at the intersection of Alexander Love Highway and S.C. 161.
The names of the men shot and their relationships with Hinson have not been released. One of the shooting victims was shot in the abdomen, and the other was shot in the shoulder, Faris said.
All three were taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
The shooter was then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, Faris said. One of the other men also was later airlifted to CMC, police said.
No employees or other customers at the store were injured, Faris said. Deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene within minutes, Faris said.
“Officers responded to the scene quickly after the shooting and secured the scene to ensure the victims were attended to, and to ensure that no other innocent people were in danger,” Robinson said.
A shotgun was found at the scene, York Police Department Capt. Brian Trail said.
The glass front doors of the store were shattered by the gunfire. The shooting happened near the entrance to the store.
One of the injured men’s car was parked near the front door while Hinson’s car was parked at the edge of the lot near an ATM machine, Faris said.
Faris said the store has surveillance cameras.
“We have several witnesses but want anyone else who might have seen anything to come forward,” Faris said.
The areas around the On the Run store and the adjacent Waffle House remained closed Thursday evening while police investigated. Sheriff’s office deputies are assisting the York Police Department, Faris said.