Lancaster High School basketball star shot, killed leaving community center

- A Lancaster High School basketball star was shot and killed Wednesday night in Lancaster, police said.

According to Lancaster police, the incident happened about 9 p.m. at Hope on the Hill Community Center, 612 E. Meeting Street. Several students were coming out of a basketball game when shots were fired.

Two of his teammates say they went to Hope on the Hill recreation center often to pick up games and work out. It’s a location where they felt safe.

“I guess he got caught- wrong place wrong time. I mean innocent," Cordarious Tinsley said.

“This should be an example for other kids like us. Be careful out here," Nehemiah McGriff said.

One of the shots hit 17-year-old Allen Cooper, killing him. Officials at Lancaster High said Cooper was a junior and a member of the boy's basketball team. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

His coaches tell FOX 46 Charlotte that Cooper was a giver and a hard worker.

"A straight giver! I'm a loss for words. It's like going and visiting someone in the hospital. You have a conversation with them and you leave and you get a phone call 10 minutes and he passed away. It hurts," Lancaster Assistant Basketball Coach Gerron Cauthen said.

Lancaster school district has counselors on standby for students and extra security on hand as a precaution. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancaster Police Department.

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