GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A Greenville man was found shot in a car early Friday.
Michael William Mecklenburg, 59, died from a gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office.
The death has been ruled a homicide.
Mecklenburg died around 3:15 a.m. Friday on Power Street. Deputies say he appeared to suffer at least one gunshot wound.
Mecklenburg was a member of the city of Greenville’s Design Review Board. He was appointed to the board by Greenville City Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle who tells 7News he drove for Uber.
City Manager John Castile released this statement:
We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Mike Mecklenburg, who served as a member of the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board (DRB) Neighborhood Panel. Mike’s service on the DRB is only the most recent example of his tireless advocacy and community engagement. For years, Mike has applied his knowledge and understanding of historic preservation, planning and development to safeguarding and improving the quality of life in his neighborhood and the city through a variety of volunteer roles, and we are all the better for his efforts. Many of us at the City – from City Council members to City staff in a number of departments – have known and worked with and enjoyed healthy debates with Mike for many years, and we realize how fortunate this city was to have had a citizen so passionately engaged in making the world around him a better place. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mike’s family and friends at this most difficult time.
UBER also released a statement after Mecklenburg’s death:
“Our hearts are broken by the terrible loss of Mike Mecklenburg. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is in the early stages. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.