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Teen suspect wanted after Rock Hill teen on porch killed in Lancaster shooting

A Rock Hill teen has died after being shot and killed Sunday in a shooting in Lancaster, officials said.

Deputies are looking for a second teen, also from Rock Hill, on murder and weapons charges, officials said.

Gunshot victim Jaquavious Neely, 19, died at Medical University of South Carolina-Lancaster, said Lancaster County Coroner Karla Knight-Deese.

Neely died around 4:15 p.m., coroner officials said.

The shooting happened while Neely was sitting on a porch at 1341 Carmel Road, just outside the Lancaster city limits, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarod Keshun McNeil, 17, also of Rock Hill, was identified shortly after the shooting as a suspect, Barfield said.

McNeil was a passenger in a black Nissan when he arrived at the home with a long gun and fired at least one shot, Barfield said.

McNeil was driven away in the same Nissan, Barfield said.

It remains unclear why Neely was at the home or why he was targeted, Barfield said. Neither teen lived at the house, deputies said.

Deputies have arrest warrants for McNeil for murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Barfield said.

“We do not know the motive at this time. We don’t know the precise relationship between the suspect and the victim,” Barfield told The Herald. “We want to get the suspect into custody.”

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said in a written statement that McNeil should be considered armed and dangerous.

Deputies recovered the Nissan Altima getaway car, Faile said.

McNeil has no criminal record in York County or Lancaster County, according to online court records.

The killing remains under investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner’s office.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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