A fight between two cousins in a moving vehicle Saturday ended in a shooting, York County authorities say.
According to deputies, the dispute began about 10 p.m. Saturday, when Michael Lanier, 21, picked up his cousin, 35-year-old Anthony Scott Howe, at a grocery store on U.S. 321 near Clover.
Lanier told deputies that the two got into an argument because he would not give Howes girlfriend a ride. The dispute escalated, and Lanier told authorities that Howe threw Laniers cellphone at his face and then began beating him with a flashlight.
Lanier told investigators he tried to get out of his seat belt and stop the vehicle but was unable to do so. He then reached into the back seat and grabbed a rifle, but the two cousins then fought over possession of the gun, Lanier said.
Finally, Lanier told deputies, he was able to grab the gun. He aimed it low and fired, hitting his cousin in the leg, according to deputies.
Lanier said he stopped his truck, just in time to flag down a passing Piedmont EMS unit.
Howe would not cooperate with sheriffs deputies or EMS personnel, authorities said. Lanier told deputies that his cousin was intoxicated.
No charges have been filed in the case so far, according to the York County Sheriffs Office.
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