Headline — 18 July 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Lionel Sampson, 28, shot to death 6:25 a.m. Thursday

Shortly after 6:25 this morning, officers from Precinct #2 Police Station on Racoon Street visited Gravy Street, located in the Iguana Street Extension area, and near an earthen drain they spotted the body of a man riddled with bullets in the upper body.

The victim was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival. He has been identified as Lionel Sampson, 28, a resident of 31 Iguana Street Extension.

A spokesman for Precinct 2, Sergeant Ismael Westby, told reporters this afternoon that after crime scene technicians had processed the scene, they recovered five expended .9mm shells.

While no arrest has been made in connection with the city’s latest homicide, Westby confirmed that police have detained two persons for questioning.

When asked whether or not the victim has gang affiliations, Westby said, “The victim has been a person who is well-known to law enforcement authorities and has been charged for many different crimes. And he has been involved in different gang activities in the past.”

Westby said that the police’s initial investigation revealed that Sampson had been walking on Gravy Street, heading toward Racoon Street, when a man, who is unknown at this time, walked up behind him and shot him.

Sampson was the father of a baby boy who is less than a year old.

According to KREM News, a family friend said that the birth of Sampson’s son had changed his life, and he was settling down in order to carry out his fatherly responsibilities.

Sampson’s family declined an interview with Amandala.

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