Cherryvale resident: 'Not going to let them run us out'

Neighbors worried about crime after man shot dead in street

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 12/20/17

In light of only the most recent shooting in Cherryvale that left a 26-year-old man lying dead in the middle of the road Monday night, residents are growing more concerned about crime in the area.

Christopher Archie was found with an apparent …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Cherryvale resident: 'Not going to let them run us out'

Neighbors worried about crime after man shot dead in street

Posted

In light of only the most recent shooting in Cherryvale that left a 26-year-old man lying dead in the middle of the road Monday night, residents are growing more concerned about crime in the area.

Christopher Archie was found with an apparent gunshot wound in the 4400 block of Amelia Drive by Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies just after 9 p.m. Monday, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the agency, and Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker.

Though Bell said the shooting appears to have been an isolated incident, that information still does not shake the concern from some Cherryvale residents.

"It's gotten progressively worse," said Frederick Strohm, who has lived in the area for 40 years.

It seems like there is a shooting every two months, he said.

Archie's body was found on the street behind Strohm's home. He said he was inside his home when the shooting happened and heard the gunshot.

Vandalism, theft and illegal drugs are other crimes that he said he feels have increased in the area.

A lot of neighbors are really tired of it, he said.

Strohm said his mailbox was shot recently and that windows on his mother's property have been broken. He said he reported both incidents to law enforcement.

Cherryvale was a different area 40 years ago, one where neighbors talked to each other, he said.

Crime started creeping up in the neighborhood about 30 years ago, he said.

Now, people are scared to walk down the street - one street is now a drug-infested area, Strohm said.

He said he is afraid to let his daughter ride her bike down the street.

"I shouldn't have to feel like that," he said.

Despite the apparent increase in crime, Strohm said, he has no intentions of leaving the neighborhood where he has lived since he was six years old.

He also lives near his mother, who is in her 70s and has no intentions of leaving the area.

Strohm said the area where he lives is a tight-knit community where everyone watches out for each other.

"We're not going to let them run us out," he said.

Contrary to perceptions of crime in Cherryvale, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said overall crime - burglaries, assaults, etc. - is down in the area.

Though the frequency of crime in Cherryvale has decreased, there has been an increase in isolated incidents such as the senseless killing that took place on Monday, he said.

The sheriff's office is continuing its investigation into the senseless shooting death of Archie, Bell said.

"Our investigators worked through the night and into this morning to gather information," he said on Tuesday. "We have received a large number of tips and are in the process of checking out each one."

He said he hopes people in the community will continue to come forward so the case can be solved.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIMESC.

Callers will not be identified, and there may be a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.