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Police Investigate Pike County Murder

A murder investigation is underway after a man is found dead outside an Eastern Kentucky flea market.

It all started Monday morning when a man was found gunned down on U.S. 119 in Pike County. Now police want to know who pulled the trigger.

Police are questioning a man witness’s say drove away from the scene right after the shooting, but so far no arrests. The victim is Philip Hickman and his friends at the scene told say they don't know why someone would kill him.

Police say no one saw exactly what happened to 39 year old Philip Hickman outside the fireworks stand on U.S. 119, but his friends say they saw him drive up next to the tent. Moments later, they heard noises.

"Sounded like a snap pop going off or something. They thought somebody shot a little snap pop you know, and it was, I guess, a gunshot," said Charles Myers.

Myers says someone went outside to see what was going on and found Hickman shot laying on the ground by his car. He died at the scene.

"It's a scary thing," Myers said.

Other witnesses told police they saw a green pick-up truck with tinted windows drive away. Police say the driver turned himself in, hours later.

"We don't know at this point if the subject will be a suspect or a person of interest. We wish to talk to the subject operating that vehicle," said Scott Hopkins with the Kentucky State Police.

Hickman's friends at the flea market say he frequently stopped by to say hello, and they believe that's what he was doing this time. They say he never caused any trouble, and they don't know why anyone would want to hurt him.

"The fellow there is a good fellow, a fine fellow, you know what I mean. I don't see why anybody would want to shoot him," Myers said.

Police are looking for answers.

"At this time, it's too early to tell as to what occurred here at this incident or what the motive was," Hopkins said.

Family and friends are mourning Hickman's sudden death and say the community lost a good person. His friends hope to find out why this happened and they say they want see whoever shot him, behind bars.

Friends told me Hickman leaves behind a wife and children. Again, police are questioning the man who drove away, but no charges have been filed.


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