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Monday, July 30, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the death of a 72-year-old Gilbert man who was fatally shot on Saturday, July 28 at his home on Juniper Springs Road near Gilbert.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives are pursuing leads concerning the identity of the person or persons who shot and killed Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr., 72, of 1440 Juniper Springs Road. The circumstances of the fatal shooting as well as the motive for the fatal shooting remain under investigation.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman ordered an autopsy to be performed on Sunday, July 29 on Mitchell’s body in order to determine the cause and manner of Mitchell’s death. It appeared that Mitchell was shot multiple times in his upper torso with a firearm.

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

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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