BY DAVE MUNDAY and ANDREW KNAPP
Divers will search another pond today for evidence in the shooting death of 17-year-old Marley Lion.
The Charleston County and city of Charleston Underwater Recovery Teams spent several hours Monday afternoon searching a pond in a neighborhood behind the Savannah Highway bar where Lion was killed.
They plan to start searching a larger pond on the other side of Mulberry Street this morning.
Police spokesman Charles Francis did not say what tipped off police to search the water. He also declined to say whether anything significant was found Monday, although there was no visible indication that divers armed with metal detectors pulled up anything but trash.
Lion, a recent graduate of Academic Magnet High School, was shot five times around 4 a.m. June 16 as he rested inside his vehicle outside Famous Joe’s Bar and Grill. In the hour before he died, Lion told officers that he stopped in the bar’s parking lot at 1662 Savannah Highway to sleep because he was too intoxicated to drive home to Johns Island.
A surveillance video shows a man prying at a rear window when the alarm sounds. The man backs off, then returns and fires into the Nissan Pathfinder.
Reports indicated that the gunman ran over a gravel path to Yew Street, where investigators found evidence possibly related to the shooting. The report gave no further details about what was discovered.
Since the shooting, the Ardmore community has been the focus of increased police patrols as officers interview residents for information on the killing.
North Charleston Police Department divers are expected to join the search today. It’s a hot job, since the wet suits also keep out air and trap heat. Divers work for an hour and then come out for a half-hour to cool down and drink water.
The County Emergency Rescue Squad, EMS, St. Andrews Fire Department, a Charleston police pickup truck with a johnboat in back and several city and county patrol cars were also on scene Monday.
Residents gathered around to watch the action, and maybe get some clues on the search for the killer.
Kevin Hensarling moved into the neighborhood from Moncks Corner four months ago after his wife got a job at Hollings Cancer Center. He said he wasn’t surprised by the shooting.
“This neighborhood is full of 17-year-old kids who walk around with guns, and they don’t know what will happen if they actually use them,” he said. “They don’t take it seriously. He could have been one of my friends.”
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or Andrew Knapp at 937-5414.