Tenants fear living at Anderson apartment complex after double homicide

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A deadly shooting at an Anderson apartment complex claimed the life of two people.

An Anderson County deputy coroner told 7News that one of the victims was an expecting mother. 

Anderson Police have been investigating the deadly shooting that happened early Friday morning at Fairview Garden Apartments. 

A woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, told 7News that she has lived at Fairview Gardens Apartments for three years. 

She said the criminal activity that takes place there is nothing like she has dealt with before.

“I came from the roughest neighborhoods, but I’ll tell you this ain’t nothing like the neighborhood I came from,” the woman said. 

Just a street over from where the woman lives, shots were fired on Friday shortly after 1 a.m., according to police. 

“[At] about 2:49 a.m., I got a call from my friend and my phone kept ringing and I’m like what’s going on,” she told 7News. “I finally woke up this morning and my aunt said somebody was killed.” 

Anderson Police said two people were shot. 

The coroner identified the victims as Margaret Danielle Blanding, 18, and Ezquiel Estrich, 23. 

The coroner said the victims might have been dating. 

Blanding was pregnant, according to the coroner. He could not say how far along she was. 

“You know my heart goes out to the families of those that were killed. My heart really does go out. That was something senseless that probably could have been resolved,” said the woman. 

Police said after the shooting Cullins and Mark fled the scene and led officers on a high-speed chase into Hart County, Georgia. The chase was about 30 miles from start to finish. 

According to the Hart County Sheriff, once the suspects cross the state line they threw a weapon out of the car and over the bridge. 

Shortly after, the chase ended when the suspect car started to spark. Cullins and Mark surrendered and were taken into custody by Anderson Police. 

The Hart County Sheriff said his deputies recovered the weapon and turned it over to Anderson detectives. 

Despite knowing the shooting suspects were detained, the woman 7News spoke with said she wants to see the managers of Fairview Gardens do more to make residents feel safe in their own homes. 

A spokesperson for PK Management, the managers of Fairview Gardens, provided 7News with this statement: 

“Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families involved in this incident. This is currently a police matter and we are unable to provide any details at this time.” 

“It is a terrible thing out here and I pray to God that they put a hold on this mess before they take another life,” a tenant said. 

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