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Shooter being sought in Lancaster double homicide

McCain (Source: Lancaster Police Department) McCain (Source: Lancaster Police Department)
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Foster (Source: Family) Foster (Source: Family)
Patterson (Source: Family) Patterson (Source: Family)

At least one person who opened fire in a deadly shooting at the Palmetto Place Apartment complex Thursday night is being sought, Lancaster police say.

Police Chief Scott Grant says a Subaru driven by Courtney McCain traveled into the parking lot complex and someone inside the car started shooting. 

Rakeem Patterson, 21, and Markevis Foster, 22, were killed. A third victim was shot in the leg but is expected to be OK.

McCain turned himself in around 4 a.m. Friday. He is charged with accessory after the fact of murder. Police said the Subaru was a loaner vehicle and has been recovered. 

Police say there were possibly two other people in the Subaru with McCain. They say McCain was only driving the vehicle, and they are questioning him about who fired the gun. They did not release what type of gun was used.

Family members of Patterson and Foster say the two were best friends. They were reportedly playing cards outside of the Palmetto Place Apartments Thursday when the shooting happened.

A neighbor who was sitting on his front porch during the incident says the Subaru pulled into the complex, backed into a car, then opened fire in front of the apartment where Patterson and Foster were.

Family members of both victims say they were not in gangs, and they have no idea why someone would shoot at them. They were familiar with Courtney McCain, but do not know if there was any conflict.

“He don't bother nobody, he just trying to take care of his mother, his daughter, he's just a good kid, a real good kid,” Angela Foster said, who is Markevis Foster's mother.

Grant says he does not know if this is gang-related right now. Officers have not released a motive for the shooting.

“I’m taking it as if innocent people got hit,” Sheanita Cloud said, Foster's cousin. 

Grant says Foster was the victim of another shooting about four months ago but says this does not appear to be related.

Family members say Foster was a father of a 3-year-old girl and he was working in Richburg, South Carolina. Family members said Patterson was working in Charlotte and living with his mother in Lancaster. Neither of the families knew the third victim in the shooting.

So far, there have been four homicides in Lancaster in 2017. 

“We've had a tough year, it’s no doubt, people are tired of losing loved ones to these senseless acts," Grant said.

“Please stop the violence, when you kill one person you don’t just kill them, you kill their mother, brother, sister, friends. You kill a lot of people,” Jean Curteon said, who is a family friend of Patterson.

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