Police Probe Fatal Clinton Shooting

A Clinton teen that was shot in the head around midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning died yesterday afternoon. Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols said that 17-year-old Eugene Kinard of 900 Elizabeth Street died at 3pm Monday in Greenville Memorial Hospital.

  Clinton Public Safety Director Robin Morse told us yesterday that his officers have heard the explanation that Kinard was playing Russian roulette when he put the gun to his head and reportedly pulled the trigger; but he said officers have not yet determined exactly what did happen. Director Morse said that Clinton officers had many people to talk with about the weekend shooting before coming to any conclusion about the events. He said “there’s a lot of work to do” to determine what happened.

  Meanwhile Coroner Nichols said the death was due to the gunshot injury to the head, and that an autopsy was to be performed this morning to further investigate the fatal shooting.