Richmond County deputies were called to Plantation Acres Mobile Homes, off the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road in Hephzibah at 5:15 p.m. on a report of gunshots, Lt. Blaise Dresser said.
The deputies found the body of a 10-year-old boy in the yard.
Dresser said officers were conducting interviews but had not charged anyone yet.
Jimmy Andrews, who lives directly across the street from where the boy’s body was found, said he saw another boy dragging the victim by the arms across the yard toward a trash bin.
“I thought they were playing,” Andrews said.
The boy opened the trash bin when he reached it, Andrews said.
“That young man sees everybody else put things in that Dumpster,” Andrews said. “So I guess he thought he would put his friend in the Dumpster.”
At that point, Andrews’ son leaped over the fence to check the victim’s pulse and saw he was bleeding from the back of his head.
“That’s when I called 911,” Andrews said.
Other neighbors said they had heard shots fired as early as 3 p.m.
Andrews, who has lived in the subdivision for 30 years, said he did not recognize either of the boys and thought they had recently moved to Plantation Acres.
The shooting was unusual for the quiet Hephzibah neighborhood, said 14-year resident Ava Anderson. She has a 16-year-old child and knows people with young children who live on either side of her.
The homes have occasionally had a few burglaries, she said, but she could not remember a shooting.
“It’s really scary,” she said. “There are kids all over the place around here.”