ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials said an investigation is underway after a man’s body was found in a retention pond in Anderson Monday.
According to Sgt. JT Foster, deputies were notified at approximately 10:30 a.m. about a possible body floating in the Appleton Mill retention pond, located on Appleton Street near M Street.
When deputies arrived on-scene, they found a person dead in the water.
Deputy Coroner Don McCown identified the man’s body as that of Mericus J. Scott, 18, of Royston, Ga.
McCown said Scott appeared to have been dead for a short amount of time and was found with gunshot wounds to his body.
Now people in the neighborhood are demanding change regarding crime in their area.
“This needs to stop! I am sick and tired of seeing people die. That’s all I’m seeing. I’m getting tired of it,” said Trey Thompson, a nearby resident.
Thompson said he is angry, after seeing officials investigate the crime scene.
“Around 9:00 this morning, a little bit before nine the Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a possible body being located in the woods here,” McCown said.
Neighbors said they aren’t surprised.
“We hear gunshots quite frequently here,” said Ricky Saxon, resident.
Saxon has been living on L Street for more than 20 years. He said he’s thinking about moving, adding that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
“About six years ago, they found a body in the creek down here,” Saxon said.
Thompson feels the same way. He moved here from Puerto Rico 15 years ago. He believes things are getting out of hand now.
“I don’t know why people want to be violent when you can be peaceful and try to get alone with each other. But instead they want to kill each other,” said Thompson.
As investigators continue to piece together how Scott got in the water, people are relying on their faith for answers.
“There’s hope. Jesus is their hope,” Saxon said.
And wishing the violence will end.
“I hate for this to happen and I wish that this could stop. It’s going on around everywhere. I wish it could stop,” Thompson added.
According to McCown, Scott’s death has been ruled a homicide and an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.
An investigation is ongoing by the sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office.