Weekend deadly shootings put spotlight on gun safety

- Two Rock Hill high school students are dead after being shot this weekend in two separate incidents. One happened in Rock Hill, the other in York. 

The police department and community members said they're concerned - with the spotlight now on gun safety. 

Police said one of the shootings was accidental and the other was random. Friends of both victims said both teen shootings were easily preventable. 

Nicholas Carter said he knew both teens who died after being shot over the weekend, 17-year-old E'Monnie Dixon and 17-year-old Ja'Terreon Thorne. 

"It really hurts. I woke up and found out. When I went to sleep everything was fine. I seen they were talking about JT got shot," Carter expalined. 

Carter said what hurts even more is finding out one shooting was accidental, and the other random. 

E'Monnie a young mother who went to Rock Hill High School - and Ja'Terreon from Northwestern High School. 

"We feel for the families and their classmates. I wish I wasn't having this conversation with you today. It's such a sad time for our community," said Cpt. Bollinger. 

Rock Hill police have ruled Ja'Terreon's death accidental. His friend Robreese Picket allegedly had the gun in his hand when it went off - killing the 17-year-old. 

"The kids nowadays need to put the gun down. They really don't need to be doing any of this arguing and beefing or none of that. Innocent people are out there losing their lives over stupid stuff," Carter said. 

The other shooting happened in York. Officers said E'Monnie was randomly shot at a party. 

Now the community is coming together and greatly concerned about gun safety. 

"You can't blame the parents because the parents are not out in the streets with these kids. Police are patrolling these streets so maybe a little but more of police protection," Curtis Hinton said. 

Rock Hill Schools told FOX 46, "It has been an extremely sad 24 hours."

The police department wants to warn teens about the consequences of playing with guns - and how it can end up deadly. 

"Some of the trigger pressures, if you touch it it'll go off. Where some of it, you have to pull hard on the trigger to make it discharge," Cpt. Bollinger explained. 

Police said Picket, the teen arrested for shooting Ja'Terreon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

York police are still looking for the suspect who shot Dixon. 


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