York County authorities responded Sunday night to a violent fight involving gunfire and wrecked cars outside Carmella’s Pizza in Fort Mill.
There was an argument that led to a man reportedly ramming his vehicle into the other person’s car outside the pizza place on Highway 21, according to Trent Faris with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s report explains what happened:
A 24-year-old Rock Hill man told officers that he was outside with his friends when a man, identified as 56-year-old Jamie Howell of Rock Hill, came outside and was belligerent toward him and his friends. When Howell went toward his vehicle, the victim got concerned and retrieved his gun from inside his car since he’s a concealed weapons carrier.
While the victim was inside his car, Howell intentionally drove his pickup truck into his parked car, striking several cars in the process. The victim and his friend Latravis Robinson were both struck by the parked vehicles that were pushed onto the sidewalk.
The victim then pointed his gun at Howell and told him not to move until police arrived.
“Howell stumbled out of his car and began walking away,” the sheriff’s report says. “(The victim) then followed after Mr. Howell and struck him in the back of the head with his pistol. Striking Mr. Howell also caused the gun to discharge.”
A deputy arrived moments later. The officer found victim Scott Silvia trapped between two vehicles in the wreck. Authorities were able to free the 47-year-old Fort Mill man.
Paramedics were called to treat multiple victims. The investigation was eventually turned over to detectives.
Howell was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center. Robinson, 23, of Fort Mill, was also hospitalized for evaluation. The victim was released and will not be charged, authorities said.