Greenwood Police Chief Ray Moore said, “We are left with a whole lot of unanswered questions,” after a Sidon man was fatally shot in Greenwood on Monday night. 

Robert L. Wash, 61, died Tuesday morning at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, according to Moore. He said Wash suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and the bullet continued into his chest. He also was shot in his back.

Moore said an individual is in custody for questioning, but as of Tuesday evening no criminal charges had been brought in the case.

Moore, citing the ongoing investigation, did not provide details regarding the suspect or the firearm used.

At 8:20 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the intersection of Vardaman Street and Avenue F following a 911 call reporting gunshots heard. When officers arrived, Wash was lying face down on the pavement, said Moore.

Wash was transported by ambulance to the Greenwood hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery that proved unsuccessful, the chief said.

His death is the fifth homicide in the city this year and 10th overall in Leflore County.

Wash’s body will be transported to Jackson for an autopsy by the Mississippi Crime Lab. Autopsies are standard procedure for all homicides.

Moore said as of Tuesday police had no witnesses to the actual shooting.

He is asking for anyone who was in the area of the crime and has additional information or might have seen the shooting to call the Crime Stoppers hotline — 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). Calls to Crime Stoppers are strictly confidential or anonymous. Rewards may be paid for certain information.

Contact Mitch Robinson at 581-7235 or

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