Crime & Courts

Police investigate whether teen's shooting accident or homicide

ROCK HILL -- Rock Hill police aren't sure whether the shooting death of a York teen was an accident or a homicide.

Donnie Kimble II, 19, of Spring Lake Road in York was shot around midnight Wednesday at Brittany Place apartments on West Main Street in Rock Hill, police said.

Kimble was with several other people in the apartment at the time, Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department said.

"Right now, we're unable to determine if it's an intentional act or an accident," Redfearn said.

Police are reinterviewing witnesses to get a better picture of what happened, he said. No one else was hurt in the shooting, and no one has been charged in the case.

The bullet that killed Kimble went through the wall of one apartment and into the residence next door, police said. A handgun was recovered, according to a police report, but police haven't said who it belonged to.

Redfearn declined to discuss other details, citing the ongoing investigation.

James Hutto, who lives in the apartment next door, where the bullet eventually landed, told WSOC-TV, The (Rock Hill) Herald's news partner, that he and his wife were in the bedroom when they heard the shot.

"I heard this big, loud bang," Hutto said. "The bullet went through one wall and lodged in the other wall."

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said a toxicology test was performed on Kimble on Thursday but that results are pending.

Kimble was the son of a York County sheriff's dispatcher, according to WSOC. Deputies told WSOC his mother was working when the shooting happened and dispatched a forensics team to the scene without knowing her son was the victim.

Kimble's family couldn't be reached Thursday, but Monica Campbell, who described herself as a close family friend, said the teen was kind and enjoyed skateboarding.

"He was just a good-hearted person," Campbell said.

-- The (Rock Hill) Herald