Man wanted in connection to Laurens County shooting death turns self in
Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:54 AM
A man wanted in connection to a fatal shooting in Waterloo turned himself into the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Judy Stiles, of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, said the suspect, Phillip Hollingsworth, is on his way back to Laurens County. He will be booked into the Johnson Detention Center and will be charged with murder.
Greenwood County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted Laurens County in the search for Hollingsworth Thursday.
Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis said the suspect was seen in the Coronaca, and Hodges area. He had ties to Greenwood.
Stiles said the shooting occurred at 67 Mercy Lane in Waterloo, and deputies received the call about 2 a.m. Thursday.
She said a man and woman living in the house were arguing when the suspect, the third resident of the Mercy Lane house, shot the man.
According to longtime Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols, the deceased is Bill Ardis, 65, of 67 Mercy Lane, Waterloo. Nichols said Ardis was shot one time in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun. The victim died at the scene.
The search of Hollingsworth sent the Ware Shoals and Ninety Six schools in lockdowns.
All Ninety Six schools were put on lockdown Thursday morning.
Greenwood School District 52's Superintendent Mark Petersen said he decided to put the schools into lockdown as soon as students arrived after learning the suspect was last seen in Coronaca.
"That's just too close for comfort," he said.
Instead of sending students back home, Petersen said, it would be safer to keep them in the locked school buildings. It was lifted later in the day.
Ware Shoals schools were put on modified lockdown as a precautionary measure, according to the district's website. Parents are discouraged from picking up their students.
Greenwood District 50 schools were on alert, but were not locked down, said district spokesman Johnathan Graves. The Fujifilm plant off Highway 246 was also on lockdown.