Berkeley Co. Coroner identifies man shot dead in Ladson backyard

Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner has identified the man shot dead in a Ladson backyard early Tuesday morning.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said Zachary Davanzo, 23, of Ladson, was found lying in the backyard with an apparent gunshot wound.

His autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said deputies were called at 5:50 a.m. to the 100 block of Meese Road for a reported shooting.

Deputies said they found a deceased man in the backyard.

On Tuesday morning crime scene investigators could be seen collecting evidence, and deputies interviewed people who live nearby.

"This is a dynamic situation," Cochran said. "We don't have a lot of details. We do know that we don't believe anyone else is in harm. We have people who were involved in the incident and we're investigating it right now to try and figure out exactly what happened."

Cochran said deputies had been called to the home several times over the last couple of months.

"It was on a relatively frequent basis and this house, in particular, has been subject to calls… drug related is my understanding, and some disturbance calls," he said.

In a statement released today, the Sheriff's Office listed the following calls:

09/15/16 – Narcotics complaint
01/04/17 – Disturbance complaint
07/10/17 – Disturbance compliant
07/12/17 – Suspicious person

A neighbor who lives near the home where the shooting took place said there was a lot of activity in and out of the house. So much so, that she put a sign on her front door reading "Do NOT knock after 8 p.m." after getting unwanted visitors at her home late at night.

"People would come here knocking thinking they had that house," said Juanita Woodall. "It was scary!"

Woodall said the sign was put up a few weeks ago and no one has knocked on her door since.

While she didn't happen to hear a gunshot go off Tuesday morning, she said she did hear something else.

"I did hear all the cursing going on," Woodall said.

"In the last few years we've heard a lot of incidents that involve gunshots and things like that in the last two years," added Richard Ward, of Ladson. "It's amazing it's come to this point."

"I was a nervous wreck, but I'm calm now," Woodall said. "My Pastor came and they had prayer for me and I'm a lot better."

Cochran said investigators are trying to determine who the parties were and their relationships due to "conflicting stories" made during interviews.

If anyone has information regarding the shooting, please contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4465 or CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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