Two charged in fatal shooting



UNION — One man has been charged with murder and another with attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Union woman late Sunday night.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that his office has charged Cortez Devonta Harris, 22, 102 Marigold Drive #51, Union, with murder in the death of Vickie Diane Curtis.

Also charged in the incident is Cody Wayne Lynch, 27, 154 Fairview Street, Jonesville who Taylor said is charged with the attempted murder of Cortez Harris and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Taylor said that deputies and EMS personnel were dispatched shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday to the scene of a shooting at 156 Wildlife Drive, Union. When they arrived, Taylor said deputies found the victim, Vickie Diane Curtis, 54, lying in the entryway of a mobile home with a gunshot wound to the face.

Standing on the front porch of the mobile home was a woman the press release describes as a visibly upset white female who told deputies that someone had shot her friend in the face. The woman said she’d been in the kitchen and the victim and two small children were in the home. She said she heard approximately three gunshots and when she came running around the corner she found the victim on the floor bleeding from her face. The woman said her friend, the victim’s daughter, came running in the house and called 911. She told deputies her friend was in the bedroom with the children.

Taylor said deputies entered the home and spoke with the victim’s daughter who told them that Cody Lynch came over to her house. She said that Cortez Harris found out Lynch was there and wanted to fight him. The victim’s daughter said Lynch was on the porch and Harris was in the yard. She said she told all of them to leave because they were not doing that at her home, but that no one would listen to her.

The victim’s daughter told deputies that Lynch had fired first and Harris had fired back at him. She said that Lynch had a black pistol with white/pearl looking handles. She said she saw Harris’ gun but did not get a good look at it. She said nobody else did any shooting.

After the shots were fired, the victim’s daughter said everybody took off running. She said she then noticed her mother had been shot and she took off to check on her.

The victim’s daughter told deputies that Lynch was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a camouflage hat while Harris was wearing a white shirt and basketball shorts. Descriptions of both subjects were given to all units en route to the scene.

Among those en route was Taylor who spotted a white male wearing a red shirt walking along S.C. 49 near Lovers Lane. Taylor stopped and detained the subject who was identified as Cody Wayne Lynch. Lynch told Taylor he was dehydrated and Taylor called for EMS to respond. Taylor said Lynch was escorted to Wallace Thomson Hospital where he was treated for dehydration before being transported to and booked into the Union County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Tracking Unit was called in and attempted to track Harris but could not pick up a scent. Taylor said that Harris was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Office Investigators around 11:40 a.m. Monday morning after he turned himself in.

Also responding the scene was the Union County Coroner’s Office which in a statement released Monday announced that an autopsy on Curtis’ body is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16 at Newberry Pathology Associates.

Taylor said he also called in the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to assist in the investigation of the crime scene.

Even with the arrest of Harris and Lynch, Taylor said the incident is still under investigation, describing the incident as “another unfortunate situation where people had guns and an innocent person lost their life.”