Man arrested in deadly shooting outside Rock Hill non-profit

Roddey (Credit: Family)
Roddey (Credit: Family)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - A man who was found shot to death in a parking lot of a non-profit organization in Rock Hill Monday has been identified and a 26-year-old has been charged with murder.

According to the York County Coroner's Office, 32-year-old Antonio Roddey was found dead from a gunshot wound in the Renew Our Community's parking lot around 4 p.m. on East White Street.

On Monday, investigators said a "suspect was seen fleeing the area" and that detectives were interviewing a person of interest. On Tuesday, police said Jayson Andre Tucker was charged with murder.

A judge denied Tucker bond Tuesday afternoon. He was appointed a public defender to represent him in the case. His mother, Malana Jefferson, told the judge Tucker has battled mental illness for several years but has never been diagnosed.

"He's never been diagnosed, ma'am, but he had a seizure several years ago and he has never been the same," Jefferson said.

Roddey's mother also spoke to the judge during the bond hearing. She says her son leaves behind six children.

"My son wasn't perfect, but he didn't deserve to be shot in the head, was dead before he even hit the ground," Loretta Gaither said.

The parking lot where Roddey was killed is property of Renew Our Community, also known as ROC. The ROC is a faith-based non-profit organization that helps the homeless community with challenges like medical care, mental health behavior, and drug addiction.

The executive director of the non-profit says Roddey and Tucker were both clients of the organization. Roddey was a client with the organization for five years. The executive director says the victim and alleged shooter knew each other prior to both being clients at the non-profit.

The pair had been arguing for several months before the shooting happened, according to the executive director.

Rock Hill Police have not released what they believe led up to this confrontation.

Grief counselors and local clergy were at the ROC Tuesday assisting other clients and staff members with the loss.

"Our folks are displaced and they are homeless and they are in need, but they are human," Director of ROC Central Iris Smalls Hubbard said. "They have the same emotions and feelings that we all do in a situation like this."

Smalls Hubbard says Roddey was just starting to make progress at the ROC. She says he started volunteering to clean bathrooms, hallways and lockers.

"He kind of lived a rough life as some of our young men get caught up in at an early age, but I can truly say that we felt like we were making small steps with him," Smalls Hubbard said.

Leaders at the ROC say Tucker was a client since 2015. He is due back in court in January.

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