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Monday, July 30, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are seeking help from citizens in providing information that could help identify the person or persons who fatally shot a 72-year-old man on Saturday, July 28 at the man’s home at 1440 Juniper Springs Road near Gilbert.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr., 72, was last seen alive at about 3:20 a.m. on Saturday at the 44 Truck Stop, 2120 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert, where Mitchell bought snacks that Mitchell later brought back to his Juniper Springs Road home.

It appears that Mitchell was shot and killed at his home sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Metts said. Several of Mitchell’s personal items are missing from his home, and it appears that robbery might be a motive for the fatal shooting. Detectives also think that Mitchell might have been acquainted with the person or persons who shot and killed him.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said preliminary results of an autopsy that was performed on Sunday, July 29 on Mitchell’s body show that Mitchell died as a result of being shot multiple times in his upper torso with a firearm on Saturday, July 28.

A forensic pathologist determined that Mitchell died within minutes after being shot multiple times in his upper torso with a firearm, Harman said. Mitchell suffered multiple lacerations of his blood vessels and organs as a result of being shot, resulting in exsanguination.

The Sheriff’s Department received a call about the fatal shooting at about 9 a.m. on Saturday after Mitchell’s son, Robert Lewis Mitchell, Jr., 48, of Lexington, found his father mortally wounded at his father’s Juniper Springs Road home, Metts said.

Deputies found Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. lying on his back on a floor inside his residence, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. or the fatal shooting of Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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