GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office investigators are currently investigating a death that reportedly occurred at an area park.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, their office received a 911 call just after 10:30 a.m. in regard to a gunshot victim at Herdklotz Park, located on Beverly Road.
Investigators said they found a deceased man at the park in the soccer fields and said he had at least one gunshot wound.
“We got there on the scene we did locate a adult male victim who suffered from at least one gunshot wound,” Lt. Ryan Flood said.
Coroner Jeff Fowler identified the man found as Mark Rush Jermon, 58, of Taylors.
Fowler said Jermon was shot by an individual who then left the scene.
Jermon was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Fowler, he died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death has been deemed a homicide.
People living nearby say they’re shocked and this is generally a safe community. Randall Stone has lived in a nearby subdivision for more than two decades.
“We come out this way every time but I never had anything like this, he asked my how I felt well it doesn’t make me feel too good,” Stone said.
He says he was in shock when he saw the crime scene.
“They had the caution tape pulled around and then I did a double take and stopped and actually it was a body down there,” Stone said.
Flood said they are still in the early stages of the investigation.
“They’re working through some evidence that is available to them trying to locate any witnesses if there were any,” Flood said.
They’re using all resources including K9s to track down a suspect.
“Right now we’re just looking for the community to call us with any information that they might have,” Flood said.
Flood said he understands the community’s concerns and said deputies will continue patrolling there as part of the investigation.
“I think any time that you have a homicide in the community there’s going to be some concern,” Flood said.
The scene leaving neighbors like stone on edge.
“It kind of unnerves you a little bit,” Stone said.
Paris Elementary and Sevier Middle schools were placed on a lockout out of an abundance of caution due to the schools being close to the park. The lockout was lifted a short time later.
All soccer practices and events at the fields have been cancelled for Wednesday night due to the ongoing investigation.