By LEANN McCOY
A Grenada man was shot to death Monday night as he stood in front of a Poplar Street business, police officials said.
The victim, identified by Chief of Detectives Capt. James Carver as Fredrick Skinner, 33, was shot in the head while standing in front of White’s Auto Shop in the 700 block of Poplar Street at approximately 8:39 p.m.
Skinner was known for driving a colorful, 1987 Chevrolet Caprice decorated with Skittles candy artwork.
“Mr. Skinner was shot only one time in the side of the head,” said Carver. “We are still seeking information on who could have done this and a motive for this murder.”
According to the police report, Skinner was found lying on his right side on the ground next to his car.
In the report, a witness at the scene stated that Skinner was holding a flashlight for him while he was installing a water pump on the car. The witness heard a loud bang and realized the light was gone.
He assumed the bulb had blown in the flashlight, but when he came out from under the hood, he saw Skinner lying on the ground and blood coming from his body, according to the report.
The witness told police that he could smell gunpowder after he realized that Skinner had been shot, but he did not see anything suspicious before the shooting occurred.
Those with information concerning this crime or any others can call the TIPS line at 662-226-8477. Callers do not have to give their names, according to Carver. It is not known if a reward is being offered at this time.
This is the third murder in the city this year.
J.B. Reed was killed in the area of Union and East Streets on April 2. Reginald Demario Singleton, 26, is charged with murder in connection with the case.
Dena LaShae Smith Mason, 33, was killed in her home in the 3000 block of Jackson Avenue Extended by Nathan Myers, 32. Myers later died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
More crime reports in the Friday print and online editions.