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Police: Man, 30, shot and killed outside Rock Hill home

Crime scene tape is still up at 516 Frank St. where, police say, a man was found with a gunshot wound late Sunday. The victim was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital, where he later died.
Crime scene tape is still up at 516 Frank St. where, police say, a man was found with a gunshot wound late Sunday. The victim was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital, where he later died. adouglas@heraldonline.com

Authorities say no arrests have been made and that it’s unclear what led to a fatal shooting late Sunday night on Frank Street in Rock Hill, the second deadly shooting in that neighborhood in less than a week.

Rock Hill police officers were responding to another call on Carolina Avenue Extension about 11:15 p.m. when they heard six to 10 gunshots coming from the Frank Street area and a vehicle leaving “at a high rate of speed,” according to a police report.

The 30-year-old victim was identified as Anthony D. Hart of Rock Hill, according to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. Hart was found lying face down in the grass and bleeding from the head in the front yard of 515 Frank St.

The victim was taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he later died, police said.

The victim did not live in the house where the shooting occurred, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger, a Police Department spokesman.

No arrests have been made and investigators have not established a motive for the shooting.

Officers found a .380-caliber handgun beneath the victim, the report states. The gun had been reported stolen to Rock Hill Police.

Bollinger said it was not the gun used to shoot the victim.

“We’re having it analyzed and tested to see if it was fired,” he said.

Sunday’s deadly shooting is the second in Rock Hill in less than a week. The shooting on Frank Street happened just three blocks from where a woman was found shot to death in the backyard of a home on Green Street. That case remains under investigation.

Investigators haven’t determined if the two shootings are related.

Sunday also was the second time in a week that gunfire pierced the night on Frank Street. Several people were inside a house at 519 Frank St. on Aug. 2 when they saw a shirtless man appear at the front window with a handgun about 8:30 p.m., according to a police report.

The man then fired the gun several times, causing minor injuries to two occupants.

“A lot of crazy stuff going on,” Mario Blackmon said Monday, pointing to the bullet holes in the front window of his family’s home. “We’ve just been a victim here, too.”

Jarquavious Cousar, 22, was grazed on his forehead and right thigh by bullets.

“Surprisingly, the dude that did this ain’t kill no one,” Cousar said. “And then for that to happen to him, three houses down, it’s so strange.”

There were three young children inside the house when the Aug. 2 shooting happened; Blackmon said they plan to move.

“We (haven’t) felt safe since then,” he said, pointing to the bullet holes. “A lot of people are trying to get away from this neighborhood.”

Kyarra Guy also lives on Frank Street. Her landlord told her when they moved there that there was a steady police presence in the neighborhood, which she said made her feel safe.

“I already told my landlord I’m fixing to move in a year,” she said Monday. “I have two boys, and my boys like to go up there and play with the neighbors’ kids. And I can’t do that.”

Guy said the neighborhood was “really quiet” when they first moved there from York, but that the violence has ramped up the last few weeks.

“You never know,” she said of the decision to move. “What if my child was down there playing?”

Anyone with information concerning Sunday’s fatal shooting is asked to call Rock Hill Police at 803-329-7200, or CrimeStoppers at 877-409-4321.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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