A Leflore County man was shot to death early Sunday on the grounds of the apartment building where he lived.
Demetrics Townsend, 34, of the Bishop Apartments, 1200 Clay Ave., was reportedly checking his locked mailbox at a common location on the apartment grounds when he was shot multiple times.
The Leflore County Sheriff’s Department received a call after midnight Sunday, according to Sheriff Ricky Banks.
“He was alone in his vehicle and got out of his vehicle to check his mailbox,” Banks said.
Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders said Townsend was declared dead at 1:10 a.m. at the scene. She said he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Banks said 911 calls came in from residents of the apartments who heard the shots and deputies responded immediately.
It is not clear how many people fired shots, but Banks said it appears from the evidence deputies have collected that whoever shot Townsend was on foot.
No suspects have been identified or picked up. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Townsend’s death marks the fifth homicide by gunfire in Leflore County in 2018. Two of those occurred within the Greenwood city limits.
Bishop Apartments is located west of Highway 430, near Amanda Elzy High School, and has been on the Sheriff’s Department’s radar as the locale of one of several rival factions in the county involved in recent shootings, Banks said in February.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 453-5141 or Crime Stoppers at 800-227-8477.
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