17-year-old charged after Rock Hill shooting that killed 3 teenagers, police say
ROCK HILL, South Carolina — The Rock Hill Police Department said Thursday that officers arrested another minor in a shooting Tuesday night that left three teenage boys dead.
A 16-year-old girl, charged with murder, is accused of driving two teenage boys, 17 and 16, to the scene on the night of the triple homicide.
A 17-year-old was charged as an adult with two counts of murder following the incident.
Rock Hill Police said they received multiple calls reporting gunshots after 10 p.m. Tuesday and responded to Gist Road near South Cherry Road.
Investigators said three men were in a parked car on Gist Road when two other men, aged 17 and 16, approached the car and began shooting at them.
A 16-year-old boy, who was in the driver’s seat, was shot and killed, police said.
Ahmik Coleman, 17, of Rock Hill, was in the front passenger seat and fired back, hitting the two shooters in the road. Someone in the back ran out of the car.
Coleman then got out of the car and started running, but immediately returned fire, killing the 17- and 16-year-olds lying in the roadway, police said.
OMarian Small, 16, of Lake Wylie, was found dead in a vehicle at the scene, the York County Coroner’s Office said. Kam’ran Brevard, 16, of Rock Hill, also died at the scene.
Evanta Hart, 17, of Rock Hill, was taken to EMS at Piedmont Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
Coleman was shot in the hand and taken to hospital, officers said.
The 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder as a minor. She was taken into custody on Thursday evening. Her name and photo have not been released, as she was charged as a minor.
Hart’s mother, Jacqulin Watson, told Channel 9’s Tina Terry on Thursday afternoon that she adopted him when he was just 9 months old and said she had done her best for him. raise.
“There is nothing that can bring him back to me. I may not have worn it for 9 months. I may not have endured his labor, but he was mine,” Hart’s mother Jacqulin Watson said. “He was placed with me to be taken care of and I feel I disappointed him so much. My son wasn’t perfect. I knew what he was capable of.”
Detectives put the pieces together and issued two murder warrants for Coleman, charging him as an adult.
He was brought to the Legal Center and taken into custody on Wednesday evening. Coleman then faced a judge on Thursday, where police explained why they had charged him with murder.
“We have determined that the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between two parties. After the first exchange, both victims were injured and prone to the ground. The accused returned to the scene and executed them in their shooting and killing them,” said Tayler Tucker of the Rock Hill Police Department.
Terry said Watson listened to Coleman in court to tell him she forgave him, but she and the police asked the judge to keep him in jail without bail.
“I have no anger in my heart for him, but I don’t want him hurting anyone else on the street,” Watson said.
At one point in court, Terry said the judge asked if Coleman’s parents or anyone else were there to support Coleman. No one was there at all.
Coleman will remain in jail at this point, but a bail hearing is scheduled for July.
A Channel 9 crew at the scene saw a large police presence and a criminal gang blocking Gist Road. A car was also seen with several bullet holes.
A man told Tina Terry on Channel 9 that his 17-year-old brother was one of the victims.
“He actually called me yesterday morning and I missed the call and I wish I could answer just to hear that last ‘I love you’. I would always end a phone call with ‘I love you “and now I can never hear him again, or see him again. It’s sad,” Qua Hart said. “I just wish there was something I could have done. He was simply too young to be taken.
Police say the shooting was not a random act of violence and the community is not in danger.
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Rock Hill Police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Neighbors were also shaken by the shooting as they said it was normally a very quiet area.
“It was really sobering to see, like a body in the street,” neighbor Samantha Diener said.
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