Residents at Rock Hill's Cherry Grove Apartments say they have a safe neighborhood, one where violent crimes don't happen.
But Wednesday, police discovered the body of Amber Marie Schiavone, 22, of Rock Hill on an apartment floor, the victim of a gunshot wound.
Schiavone, who formerly attended Northwestern High School, was not a resident at the Hearn Street apartment complex. But her death stunned some neighbors who on Thursday embraced in a hug in the parking lot.
"It's sad," resident Sheri Morrison said. "She was somebody's baby."
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Some neighbors declined to be interviewed by The Herald on Thursday, saying they were fearful because the shooter was on the loose.
But Morrison defended her community.
"We have a good neighborhood," she said. "We all watch out for our neighbors."
No one had been arrested in the shooting, Waldrop said Thursday.
Authorities were called to the apartments at 1061 Hearn St. around 5 p.m. Wednesday when Schiavone's body was discovered. Hearn Street is about 4 miles from downtown Rock Hill off Cherry Road near Cherry Park.
"All we know is somebody, who had the right to be there, opened the door and saw the victim laying on the floor deceased," Waldrop said.
No one else was hurt during the incident, he said.
Officials do not have a current address for Schiavone, he said.
Schiavone's shooting death marks the first homicide of 2008 for the police department, Waldrop said. Authorities did not say whether the weapon used in the shooting had been recovered, citing the ongoing investigation.
York County interim Coroner Sabrina Gast declined to say where Schiavone was shot. An autopsy was completed Thursday, she said. Preliminary results could tell officials how long Schiavone was dead before her body was discovered, officials said.
Gast declined to release any other information, citing the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's shooting should call the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7200 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.