Crime

Rock Hill school locked down after shooting nearby; suspect fired shots, cops say

A Rock Hill elementary school was on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting nearby, police said.

A man was arrested shortly after the shooting, officers said.

The shots fired call was reported to have come from the Sidney Street area around 11:10 a.m., said Lt. Michael Chavis of Rock Hill Police Department. Officers determined the shots were fired on Florence Street, which is adjacent to Sidney Street, Chavis said.

Finley Road Elementary School, northwest of the shooting site, was placed on lockdown as a preventive measure, Chavis said.

No students or staff were affected, police said.

Officers responding to Florence Street found a man who said he was shot at while dropping someone off at a home, Chavis said. The victim told police a man came out of the house with a handgun and fired a shot at him as he was leaving, police said. The victim called 911, officers said.

Two shell casings and a stolen gun were found at the crime scene, police said.

Officers located Mark Stephen Hayden, 60, at a home on Florence Street, Chavis said. Hayden was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime, and possession of a stolen gun, according to police records.

After Hayden appears in court he will be transferred to the York County jail.

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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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