Man, 18, charged in shooting death

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By Jesef Williams

Anthony Armour Sr. said his son moved to South Carolina from Chicago to escape violence.

The unfortunate irony is that, in just one year in Lancaster, his son has lost his life to a violent crime.

Anthony Armour Jr., 31, was fatally shot between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Ferguson and Dunlap streets, Lancaster police say.

Monterio Lamarcus Hood, 18, of 100 Jolly St., has been charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in the shooting death.

Hood is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He remains at the Lancaster County Detention Center, Police Capt. Harlean Howard said.

Bond has been denied.

Some details about the shooting are sketchy.

According to an incident report, police came to Dunlap and Ferguson streets after receiving a call at 8:52 p.m. Saturday about shots being fired.

Soon afterward, Armour was found dead beside a bush near Dunlap Street, the report said. A spent 9 mm casing was located in the road in front of a home on the 700th block of Dunlap Street, the report said.

Howard said Armour was shot three times, though she wouldn't say where he was hit.

A woman who lives on Dunlap Street told authorities she called police after hearing shots fired.

She saw a man walk west on Dunlap Street from Willlowlake Road. Another man was seen walking east on Dunlap Street toward him, the report said.

The two men started shooting at one another, and the woman crawled into her home and called police, the report said.

The woman looked back out to see one of the men run toward Woodley Street and the other run toward Gregory Street.

Police found a handgun under the back steps of a nearby Dunlap Street home. Two necklaces and a charm covered in blood were also found, the report said.

Through the investigation, officers were led to Hood, Howard said. He was arrested Monday morning.

Armour's body has been sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

Morris said it may be later in the week when results are returned.

A father's disbelief

Armour Sr. said somebody came by his house about two hours after the shooting, saying his son may have been involved.

He said it was unbelievable to see his son dead. He thinks he was an innocent bystander.

"I couldn't see why he would be involved in a shooting," he said. "He didn't believe in guns and he didn't have one."

Armour Jr. had been in Lancaster about a year. He lived on St. Paul Street with his parents, who moved here in 2006.

"He got tired of the violence in Chicago," his father said. "He didn't want to be associated with (people) involved in that."

While in Lancaster, Armour Jr. installed stereo equipment and other electronics. Word got out about Armour Jr.'s talents, as many people had contacted him for work.

He had planned to attend trade school.

"I was proud and amazed by that," his father said about his skills.

Another man shot

Another Lancaster man, Demarcus Tillman, 20, was shot Saturday night in the same general area as Armour Jr., Howard said.

Tillman, who shot in the right wrist, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for his injuries.

Howard said Tillman was somehow connected to the Hood incident, though she said she doesn't know how he was involved.

Police continue to search for more details, Howard said.

"The investigation continues and we're looking to see if there are other persons of interest," she said.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152