Police: Gunman wanted in Rock Hill man's death turns himself in

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 1, 2014 

Donquavious Dashon Davis

— The Rock Hill gunman sought in the fatal shooting of a father of three early Sunday gave himself up to police Tuesday.

Donquavious Dashon Davis, 19, who police say shot Santario McCoy, 24, in the city’s Sunset Park neighborhood, was being held at the Rock Hill jail awaiting a bond hearing Wednesday morning. He is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Davis surrendered himself to authorities at the Moss Justice Center in York, according to a Rock Hill Police Department news release. He was taken into custody and transferred to Rock Hill.

Police have said Davis shot McCoy, father to two daughters and a son, at 432 Baker St. Ext. sometime after midnight Sunday over a woman. Authorities found McCoy dead, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. According to arrest warrants, two witnesses identified Davis as the gunman.

Kadeem Cobb, a friend of McCoy’s, told The Herald that McCoy joined him and several others in playing video games when they heard a knock at the door. A man with dreadlocks stood at the entrance, hit McCoy and then shot him, Cobb said.

McCoy had just started a new job, his friends and family say, and had planned to celebrate the birthdays of his daughters – a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old – in September.

His mother, Lynette McCoy-Mullins, told The Herald her son was her "shadow ... he was every bit of me."

“It’s hard to overcome something like this,” said McCoy’s youngest brother, Alec McCoy.

Alec McCoy said relatives did not know Davis, though they suspect he shot McCoy because the mother of his child began dating McCoy.

Bryan Stradford, another brother, said McCoy always “kept his head high” and “loved his kids and his family.”

“He would’ve done anything for them,” he said, echoing his sister Ciada McCoy who called McCoy’s children his “main priorities.”

Early Sunday, after he had just finished speaking with a friend about his brother, Stradford received a call that McCoy had been shot. He drove to the Baker Street house and saw his brother lying dead on the ground.

“It hurt me to see my brother like that,” he said. “The way he was just left there ... just laying there. It’s the worst feeling in the world. It’s not right.”

Myles Bullock and McCoy had been friends since they were freshmen football players at Northwestern High School.

“He had a path” that he saw “clearly,” Bullock said. “He was doing the necessary stuff to get where he got to go. I saw him really become a man.”

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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