WANTED! Suspects in Lexington Homicide
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the death of a 64-year-old man who was fatally shot in his head at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 after the man answered the front door at the home where he resided on Victor Road near Gaston. Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives are pursuing leads concerning the identities of two men and additional persons who were involved in the fatal shooting of Leon W. Justice, 64, of Victor Road. Detectives are investigating whether Justice was acquainted with the persons involved in his death. The circumstances of Justice’s death remain under investigation.
At about 10:37 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to a call concerning the fatal shooting of Justice, who had rented a bedroom for about one year at the Victor Road home, Metts said. Deputies found Justice lying on his back on the floor near the home’s front door. Justice was breathing, but Justice appeared to be unconscious. Rose Lucas, who owns the Victor Road home where Justice lived, told deputies that she was in the kitchen at her home when she heard someone knock on the front door, Metts said. Justice went to the front door and opened the door. Shortly after Justice opened the home’s front door, Lucas told deputies that she heard a bang and saw a flash when two men, who were wearing masks that covered their faces, confronted Justice, Metts said.
Daniel Lucas, who is the son of Rose Lucas and lives at 260 Victor Road, told deputies he saw one of the assailants run across the front yard of his mother’s home and get in a pickup truck, which made a loud noise through its exhaust system as the truck drove off, Metts said. Daniel Lucas said the pickup truck, which was dark in color, might be a Chevrolet truck. Lexington County Emergency Medical Services personnel transported Justice by ambulance to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where Justice later was pronounced dead, Metts said.
Metts asked anyone with information about Justice’s death or the identities of the two men and other persons involved in Justice’s death to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).