PENDLETON, S.C. (AP) — Autopsies performed Tuesday on a married couple and their two mothers found dead in a South Carolina home show all died from gunshot wounds, a coroner said.
The autopsies were conducted a day after the four were found by one of their daughters in Pendleton, 130 miles northwest of Columbia, said Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore. He said all died Sunday afternoon.
"This was very violent," Shore told WYFF-TV. "Very, very violent deaths on all four of them." Neither Shore nor police said what type of gun was used.
The deceased have been identified as Mike Scott, 58; his wife, Cathy Scott, 60; Mike Scott's mother, Barbara Scott, 80; and Cathy Scott's mother, Violet Taylor, 82. All four lived in the same house, Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said.
Three bodies were found in the den, while Cathy Scott's body was found in a bedroom, Shore said. He said three of the victims were shot once, while one person, whom he did not identify, was shot more than once.
Cathy Scott's daughter Amy Montgomery, who lives in a mobile home behind the house, went in through a back door and found the bodies about 12:50 p.m. Monday, Shore said. He said Montgomery told him it was unusual that the front door was unlocked.
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating all four deaths as homicides, but no suspect has been identified.
Violet Taylor's sister-in-law Marjorie Morgan said Tuesday that Taylor and the Scotts were nice people.
"I don't see them hurting a fly," he said. "That's why I'm shocked."
Neighbor Tia Gleaton described the Scotts as "the sweetest people" who always talked to her when they passed each other in the neighborhood and wished her a good day.
"I didn't get too much sleep last night," Gleaton said. "It gives me chills thinking about it."
Shore said a previous quadruple homicide in Anderson County involved a person killing four family members in 2007 or 2008.