5 shot out­side Rock Hill lounge; sus­pect at large

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Five people were shot Satur­day near a lounge in Rock Hill, po­lice said.

Po­lice have ar­rest war­rants for a sus­pect, who re­mains at large.

The sus­pect, Sameal Rae­q­won John­son, 23, of Rock Hill, faces five counts of at­tempted mur­der and one count of pos­ses­sion of a weapon dur­ing a vi­o­lent crime, said Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Po­lice Depart­ment.

“We con­sider this sus­pect to be armed and dan­ger­ous,” Chavis said. “We are ask­ing the pub­lic’s help in lo­cat­ing him.”

The shoot­ings hap­pened around 12:30 a.m. on North An­der­son Road, Chavis said.

A pa­trol of­fi­cer from the depart­ment who was nearby heard shots, Chavis said.

Po­lice found that more than 30 shots had been fired, Chavis said. In­side the lounge, po­lice found one male shoot­ing vic­tim, Chavis said.

Four other vic­tims had been taken to Pied­mont Med­i­cal Cen­ter by pri­vate ve­hi­cles, Chavis said. Po­lice of­fi­cers found them at the hospi­tal, Chavis said.

The vic­tims were four men, ages 35, 23, 29 and 23; and one woman, 25, Chavis said.

One of the shoot­ing vic­tims was taken to Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Char­lotte.

All five people who were shot are ex­pected to sur­vive, Chavis said.

An­der­son Road was blocked by po­lice and other emer­gency ve­hi­cles for sev­eral hours dur­ing the investigat­ion but re­opened later Satur­day.

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