York police suspect more than one gunman in teen’s shooting death

E’monnie Dixon, 17, and her 2-month-old son, Kariel Smith
E’monnie Dixon, 17, and her 2-month-old son, Kariel Smith Contributed photo

York police believe more than one gunman was involved in a Sunday morning shooting that left a 17-year-old Rock Hill High School student dead.

York police Lt. Rich Caddell said Monday officers have interviewed about 25 people in the shooting death of E’monnie Dixon and would like to talk to anyone who can provide information.

Police believe more than one gunman was involved in the incident, Caddell said, but he declined to elaborate.

“We’re getting some very good cooperation from the public,” he said.

Dixon, the mother of a 2-month-old boy, died early Sunday in what police called a random shooting that happened when gunfire broke out among a crowd gathered on Hickory Lane.

Police found several spent shell casings on the dead-end street where Dixon was found, according to a York police report. She had been shot in the back, the report said.

Family members said Dixon, who worked at the Wendy’s on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill, had gone to a party with relatives and friends and was leaving a home when gunfire broke out. Police said the shootings apparently began when one of the residents came out and told the crowd gathered there to leave.

After the shooting, a relative who was with Dixon suffered multiple seizures, went into shock, and was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, according to a police report.

York Police Chief Andy Robinson said Monday the investigation has been challenging because some people left when the shooting began.

“It’s difficult because we don’t know who all was there,” he said.

It was the second teen shooting death in York County over the weekend.

Ja’Terreon Thorne, a 17-year-old Northwestern High School student, died in a shooting in Rock Hill Friday night that police ruled accidental. Family members said Thorne and two friends had been playing with a gun in a “man cave” area behind his Horseman Drive home when he was shot in the chest.

Police said the gun involved in the Rock Hill shooting was a .22-caliber pistol, owned and being handled by Robreece Pickett, 20, of Rock Hill. Pickett was charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful carrying of a weapon, Rock Hill police said.

Rock Hill schools are on spring break this week, but schools will have counselors available for students when school resumes April 11, said district spokesman Mychal Frost.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with both families during this difficult time,” Frost said.

Jack Logan of Greenville, founder of Put Down the Guns Now Young People, came to Rock Hill Monday after hearing about the shootings to give away gun locks and pass out safety information.

Logan, who travels around the state and goes door to door in residential areas, started the grassroots effort in 2010 after the death of a close friend.

He came to Rock Hill Sunday and Monday after hearing about the two shooting deaths.

“We don’t want to see any child go to jail and prison” because of a shooting, he said. Logan came to Rock Hill in November after the accidental shooting death of a 3-year-old.

On Monday, he walked through a neighborhood off Heckle Boulevard between Crawford and Saluda roads. He said the group also holds events to educate children and teens about gun violence.

Logan has said his group has given out more than 5,500 gun locks since 2011.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

Want to help?

Anyone who might have information about the Sunday shooting death of E’monnie Dixon can call York police Sgt. Billy Mumaw at 803-684-4141 or the York County Crimestoppers hotline at 877-409-4321.