Clinton police investigating Saturday homicide

Clinton Police are still investigating the Saturday morning shooting of a Clinton man.

Freddie Markell Byrd, 31, was found shot behind a house on Friendship Drive in Clinton. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2 a.m. Saturday, according the Laurens County Coroner’s Office.

An Monday autopsy determined the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest, said Coroner Vickie Cheek.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” said Clinton Police Chief Sonny Ledda. “We have spoken to several witnesses, but as of yet, we have not made any arrests.”

Ledda did not speculate on a motive for the shooting, but said investigators believe the suspects to be male.

A Facebook page attributed to Byrd said that he studied at Greenville Tech and was a graduate of Clinton High School.

He was self-employed and advertised minor repairs and tune ups to his friends on Facebook.

Ledda said anyone with information on the shooting can anonymously call the Clinton Police Department at 864-833-7512 or the county’s Emergency Services non-emergency line at 864-984-2523.

“It’s also important for me to let the citizens of Clinton know that although the building is closed to public traffic, we’re working around the clock to provide public services,” Ledda said. “Whether you’re the victim of domestic violence or require any of our services, we’re still here around the clock doing what we do. If you need us, call 911. COVID or not, inclement weather or not, we’re still here.

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