Meridian Police Search for Murder Suspect

Meridian, Miss. Meridian police are searching for a suspect after a man was shot Thursday night and died the next morning.

Lt. John Griffith of the MPD says around 9:40 p.m., Meridian police responded to a call on that shooting. After arriving there they discovered 29-year-old Fredricus Franklin had been shot and already taken to the hospital. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says Franklin died in Anderson Hospital's ICU at 4:15 a.m. from a gunshot wound to his abdomen, leaving police on the hunt for a murder suspect.

"We're still putting the pieces together," Lt. Griffith says. "So we haven't gotten a full picture of what's going on."

But the investigation is ongoing, and Lt. Griffith says MPD detectives are giving the case top priority.

"All the detectives working today are focusing on this case and are going back over the crime scene, gathering evidence, making contact back with witnesses and trying to identify witnesses," he says.

He says a couple of those witnesses have been helpful to the case, but they still have a lot more to discover.

While Meridian police say they don't yet have much information on who the shooter was or why the shooting happened, they do believe that the shooter was someone who knew the man.

"Just based off preliminary investigation, it doesn't appear to be random," Lt. Griffith explains. "We're not sure what the relationship was between the victim and the shooter, but it does not appear to be a random shooting."

At this time, the MPD says investigators are not certain how many were involved in Franklin's death and ask anyone with any information to please come forward.