On August 18th, at approximately 10:15 PM, officers received a call of shots fired from citizens standing in the area of Hughes and Gay Streets. The citizens reported that the shots did not originate from that area, but were most likely fired from an area south of that location. These same shots were also heard from officers who were in this general area, however due to the distance between themselves and the shots, they could not pinpoint an exact location.
At 10:21 PM officers received a report from Springs Memorial Hospital that a gunshot victim had been brought to the Emergency Room by private vehicle. Upon arrival, officers learned that a 17 year male had received a single gunshot wound and was in critical condition. Upon interviewing the subjects that accompanied the victim the to E.R., it was determined that this incident took place in the 400 block of E. Arch Street. Officers were then able to locate the actual scene where the incident took place.
The gunshot victim was airlifted to a Charlotte area hospital where he remains in critical condition. The Police Department continues to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact us at (803) 283-1171 or through the Anonymous Tip Line at (803) 289-6040.
The victim in this shooting has been identified as 17 year old Daquan Blackmon, also from Lancaster, SC. Unfortunately Mr. Blackmon passed away earlier today. A forensic autopsy is scheduled for 08-23-2017. This investigation continues and there will be no further details released at this time. Our prayers remain with the family and everyone who has been touched by this senseless tragedy.
Update (8/25/2017) Arrest made in the death of Daquan Blackmon
On 8/24/2017 Investigators presented the facts of this case before a Municipal Judge seeking an arrest warrant on Travis Belk, 25 of Lancaster, for the charge of Murder. Belk was a passenger in the vehicle along with the victim, Daquan Blackmon at the time of this incident. Our investigation determined that Belk, while feloniously firing his weapon at another person, also fired the shot that hit and ultimately took the life of Daquan Blackmon.
Belk was located by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and taken into custody later that evening (8/24/17). He will be transported back to Lancaster later today where he will appear before a judge for a bond Hearing. As this case continues it is possible that there will be additional charges, both on Belk and others.
We are thankful for the ability to give the family of Daquan Blackmon some answers. We know however that these answers will fall short of providing them any peace in the wake of such a needless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Daquan’s family . – Chief Scott Grant.
Update (8/25/2017) Second arrest made in the death of Daquan Blackmon
On 8/24/2017 Investigators presented the facts of this case before a Municipal Judge seeking an arrest warrant on Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23 of Lancaster, for the charge of Accessory after the Fact of Murder. Clinton was the driver of the vehicle, with the victim Daquan Blackmon and Travis Belk as passengers at the time of this incident. Our investigation determined that Clinton withheld information vital to this case, namely that Travis Belk was shooting from the vehicle, in an effort to conceal Belk’s involvement in the death of Daquan Blackmon. Clinton came to the Police Department earlier today (8/25/2017) of his own free will. He was arrested for the aforementioned warrant. During bond hearings his bond, as well as that of Belk were both denied.