ROCK HILL A Rock Hill man was killed two days shy of his 30th birthday Wednesday night after he was shot outside his cousins home, police say. His death is the citys second homicide this year.
At about 9:17 p.m., Daniel Earl Ervin, 29, of Marshall Street was shot in the back while he was in the yard outside of 940 Pebble Road, off South Stonewall Avenue, police said.
Ervin was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. An autopsy was performed Thursday afternoon. Gast said Ervin did not suffer from any additional injuries.
By Thursday evening, police had not identified any suspects and were unsure how many people might be involved, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
Detectives spoke with several witnesses who heard the shots, Bollinger said. A weapon was not recovered from the scene. Police do not believe drugs were involved.
When officers arrived at the southern Rock Hill home, they found several people standing on the front porch and Ervin bleeding on the front steps, suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower back, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Paramedics took Ervin to the hospital, while officers spoke with at least two people who told authorities they were sitting in a blue Oldsmobile when the incident happened. They told police they did not see the shooting and could not give any information on possible suspects, the report states.
The two other people in Ervins Oldsmobile were friends he brought with him to the house, said his cousin, Cindy Dickerson.
Family members often gathered at Dickersons sisters home on 940 Pebble Road. Wednesday night, many people were gathered inside the house while Ervin was outside in his car with a man in the backseat and a woman in the front, Dickerson said. Eventually, Ervin and the man walked outside toward the side of the house near the porch.
Gunshots went off. None of Ervins relatives saw what happened, Dickerson said, but they saw him stagger to the porch bleeding from his side.
The bullet, she said, went through Ervins back and tore into his stomach.
It bothers us real bad, she said about her cousins death. Its ridiculous to take someones life and you dont know why.
Dickerson described Ervin, a Rock Hill High School graduate, as a real and fun person who loved women and was upfront with people.
He would tell you the truth, she said.
Ervin leaves behind at least three children.
About three years ago, Ervins family buried his brother, Anthony Ervin. Losing another member of the family, Dickerson said, has hit them hard.
Its kind of tearing us up, she said. We know (Ervins) in a better place. Hes with his brother.
"Daniel was a good person, a lovable, nice, kind person," said Ervin's mother, Alice Walker.
"I just want the law to do their jobs," she said. "I want justice for whoever" is responsible.
"God is going ... to punish" the suspect, she said.
Ervin is Rock Hills second homicide victim this year.
Last month, Johnny Lee Ellison, 34, was stabbed and then shot in the head after a card game on Green Street. Police have charged two brothers, David Denorris Williams and Jaris Nigel Williams, with murder in connection with Ellison's death.
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