Shooting death

Elderly man found shot in the chest at Laurens residence


A man was found dead Wednesday night at a Franklin Drive, Laurens, residence - shot through the heart.

A report said the shooting victim has been identified as Bennie Lee Rice, 73, and his death is being investigated as suspicious. Time of death is being estimated at 9:30 pm Tuesday. An autopsy was conducted, showing the victim was shot in the left side of the chest and through the heart.

Manner of death has not yet been announced. SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the crime scene unit was called in to assist the investigation.

A family member found Rice, who had a gunshot wound to the chest.

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