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Deputies: Elderly shooting victim may have been robbed by acquaintance

Published: Jul. 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM EDT
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Home where Robert Mitchell Sr. was found dead Saturday morning
Home where Robert Mitchell Sr. was found dead Saturday morning
Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

GILBERT, SC (WIS) - Sandra Gobbel is tending to her plants to take her mind off what happened just a short distance away on Juniper Springs Road.

"It's awful isn't it, and it's right across the road," Gobbel said.

Her neighbor, Robert Mitchell, a man she's known for 30 years, was shot and killed inside his home.

"He always kept to his self and we kept to our self," Gobbel said. "It's just unbelievable."

"We had a fire one time and if it hadn't been for him, our house probably would have burned down. He came over and put it out for us."

Deputies say the shooting took place some time after 4 a.m. Saturday. Later that morning, Mitchell's son found the 72-year-old shot several times. They say Mitchell was last seen at 44 Truck Stop before the shooting.

Joe Anderson manages the restaurant inside the establishment. He says Mitchell was known, but his personality wasn't always pleasant.

"There were a lot of people here that didn't like him, and there were some who did," Mitchell said.

"Robert was a nut," friend Jan Whittle said. "He'd do anything he could to help you out. He's just a handful, but he was a good man."

Deputies believe the motive behind the shooting may have been robbery. They say some of Mitchell's personal belongings are missing. Neighbors want answers and closure.

"I just hope and pray they find the man or whoever killed him," Gobbel said.

Investigators are following leads, but they could use your help. If you have information, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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