Police: Man kills cousin during fight

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was shot and killed early New Year's Day, and his cousin has been charged in the shooting death.

Devion Mandrell Collins, 20, died early Thursday.

Lancaster police say Collins' cousin, James Curry Jr., 22, shot him during an argument.

“The victim and suspect had gotten into an argument and things escalated from there,” said Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department.

Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight said Collins died due to injuries from multiple gun shot wounds. Knight said there is no official word yet on where he was shot.

Collins was found dead in the kitchen on the first floor of the apartment.

Soon after, officers found Curry in an upstairs room and took him in to be questioned.

Police spoke with two men who exited the apartment who said a man had been shot inside.  

Several other people were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, including an infant and two small children.

Curry has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm in the city.

He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center and his bond has been denied. There are no other suspects in this case.

Howard said information about the firearm used in the crime will not be released at this time.

According to police reports, police were responding to a fight at 12:30 a.m. near 1003 Pardue St. when they heard between three and five gunshots at that apartment.

A large crowd began to gather outside the apartment and officers called for assistance from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol. Both departments responded.  

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416.