Police investigating Friday shooting

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

City police are investigating a shooting that was reported at 10:59 p.m. on Friday at an apartment on 305 S. High St.. According to Capt. Tim Whitt of the Franklin Police Department, officers responded to the residence in reference to a call of shots having been fired. While investigating, they received another call about a shooting victim being dropped off at the emergency room at Southampton Memorial Hospital. On arrival, the victim, Derrick Leondrick Barrett of Franklin was being treated for a bullet wound to his neck.

Barrett, 27, was reportedly less than cooperative with investigators, claiming he was shot at a different location than the aforementioned address.

“Continued investigation at the South High Street location revealed a crime scene where three handguns were recovered as well as two spent cartridge casings. Other evidence was recovered linking Barrett to the location,” stated Whitt.

He was flown via air ambulance to a local trauma hospital due to the severity of his injury.

Franklin Police were assisted by Southampton Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to call Franklin Police at 562-8575, or Franklin Crime Solvers at 562-8599. Information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward while remaining anonymous.