Lancaster Police identify person killed in Saturday shooting, searching for suspect

Lancaster Police Department

The Lancaster Police Department is searching for a 29-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting on Saturday.

Police say he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Police are searching for Michael C. Chavis Jr., who is described as a black male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 165 pounds. Police list Chavis’ last known address as off Pardue Street in Lancaster.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department at 803-283-3313 or use the anonymous tip line at 803-289-6040.

Chavis is wanted for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to police.

On Saturday, during a party at 418 E. Arch Street, witnesses told police that Chavis shot at a person standing outside from inside the home, according to the police report. The person who was shot was later found dead behind the residence, police say.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the person killed as Jamal Gladden, 26, from Lancaster. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.

No other details were available Sunday afternoon. The shooting is under investigation by the Lancaster Police Department, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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