2nd suspect in custody, charged with murder in shooting at Lancaster outbuilding

LANCASTER, S.C. — A second suspect is now in custody after a man was shot and killed earlier this month, Lancaster County deputies said.

53-year-old Gene White was found dead in an outbuilding on Jan. 4, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said. The building is near White’s home on John Street. Two people were tending to him and a deputy helped with aid until first responders arrived, but he died at the scene, deputies said.

Deputies said witnesses reported seeing a man with a gun leaving the building.

Investigators talked with witnesses and learned that two men had driven to the home, and one of them met with White in the outbuilding. According to witnesses, there were gunshots before an armed man came out of the building and got back into the car.

On Jan. 10, the sheriff’s office identified Corey Deonta Baker, Jr., 24, of York County, as a suspect in the shooting.

On Jan. 17, deputies said arrested and charged Baker with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

On Jan. 23, Rickevious Debriek Durham, 20, of Rock Hill, was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Baker and Durham were both also charged with attempted armed robbery, according to additional warrants.

“The task force investigators did an excellent job in running down the many leads they developed, identifying the players, and getting both of them into custody for this homicide,” Sheriff Barry Faile said after Durham’s arrest. “I again express my thanks to our folks and the personnel of all the other agencies that assisted us with this investigation and the apprehension of these defendants.”

“We have been looking for Baker since we identified him as a suspect earlier in this investigation using several different agencies and assets,” Faile said after Baker’s arrest. “I appreciate all the help we got, particularly Sunday night when Baker was arrested. This investigation continues. We are still gathering information and consulting with the Sixth Circuit Solicitor, and additional charges could be made.”

If you have information about the shooting, you’re urged to call the sheriff’s office at 803-283-3388 or call 911.

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