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Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Lancaster man during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 12.
Allen Wesley Massey, 26, 422 Elm St., was arrested on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission a violent crime after turning himself in to authorities Oct. 13, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said in the release that officers had been searching for Massey in connection with the shooting death of Demarcus L. Robinson, 30.
Police say Massey entered a home in the 300 block of City Avenue early Saturday morning and, according to witnesses, shot Robinson and then fled, the release said.
“Several people were in the house when the shooting occurred and they called for aid for the victim,” Grant said Monday, Oct. 14.
Officers responded to the scene and found Robinson in a kitchen with a gunshot wound, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.
Robinson was treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services at the scene. He was later flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he died from his injuries, the release said.
Grant said Massey is the only person involved in the shooting and no other suspects are being sought.
Investigators are still speaking with witnesses to determine a motive in the shooting, he said.
“We’re still investigating that end. There are a couple different stories surfacing and we’re looking into what the motive is,” he said.
Robinson’s death is the seventh murder in Lancaster County in 2013.
Massey has been charged in other criminal cases in Lancaster County.
In October 2008, he was one of several men charged in connection with the attempted shooting of a man along Crenson Drive.
Warrants were issued for Massey, then 21, Timothy Blair, then 22, of 2206 Pardue St., and Rashawd Robinson, then 23, of 972 13th St., in connection with the case and each was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
In that case, the 32-year-old shooting victim had pulled into the driveway of his home when a man opened the passenger side door, demanded money and put a gun to the victim’s head.
The victim gave the man $20 and then ran behind the home, though he heard two gunshots while he was running, the report said. Authorities arrived minutes later to find the shooting victim face down on the ground.
Ultimately, Massey’s charges in that incident were dismissed in June 2011, though Massey did plead guilty to a separate charge that month, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database.
Per judicial records, Massey pleaded guilty in General Sessions court to an unlawful carrying of a pistol charge stemming from an April 2011 arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a $100 fine, according to court records.
In June 2012, Massey again pleaded guilty, this time to two charges- a possession of less than one gram of meth, or cocaine base, first offense, and unlawful carrying of a pistol, both from a March 2012 arrest, the judicial database said. He received a two-year suspended sentence and one year of probation, per court records.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416