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Fort Mill man, 20, shot to death in Lancaster Co.; suspect sought

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A Fort Mill man was shot to death Tuesday, and Lancaster County authorities are searching for the man they say killed him.

Randy Tran, 20, was found dead in a wooded area on Little River Trail in Indian Land, said Tony Broome, a deputy Lancaster County coroner. He died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant charging David Antonio Kucinski, 21, of Fort Mill, with murder. Kucinski has not yet been arrested.

Deputies were called to 268 Little River Road just before 7 p.m. Neighbors reported seeing Kucinski outside an orange car in the road at the top of their driveway moving an apparently unconscious man from the trunk of the car, investigators say.

The victim appeared to have blood on his face and head, the sheriff’s office said, and Kucinski appeared to have blood on his clothes and arms.

The witnesses called 911 and walked to the roadway, but Kucinski and the car were gone. Deputies, criminal investigators, and crime scene investigators responded to the scene and discovered Tran’s body a few yards off the road.

Investigators determined the orange car is a 2015 Toyota Scion registered to Tran’s father, with the South Carolina license plate LSA246. The car was regularly driven by Randy Tran and has not been located.

Family members say Tran loved his car and made quirky modifications to it, like adding a noisy muffler and painting only two of the rims.

“He loves his car so much,” cousin Kim Tran said. “He would fix it and get things done with it.”

Kim Tran said the changes to the car reflected her cousin’s goofy personality.

“Every time we’re with him, it’s something different,” she said. “You can’t expect what he’s gonna do.”

The 20-year-old Nation Ford High School graduate was studying engineering at York Technical College. Tran’s uncle, Hai Tran, said the family is still trying to make sense of the shooting.

“This happened last night when they hung out together,” he said. “According to police, there was probably an argument. Randy walked away. The guy shot him from the back.”

Tran and Kucinski weren’t great friends but rather “acquaintances,” family members said.

Tran’s younger sister, Kayla, walked up and hugged Hai in the yard of the family’s Fort Mill home, which was surrounded by cars Wednesday.

“He loves her so much,” Hai says, picking up Kayla and putting her on his hip. “And now he’s not here anymore.”

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

Want to help?

Anyone with information on the case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, or go to sccrimestoppers.com.

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