A man was brutally murdered Thursday night, and Dothan police are searching for clues to find out why.
One shot to the abdomen, and Travis stringer stumbled up his mother's porch and into the house. He later died at the hospital, but Mrs. Stringer says she knew she'd lost him when she began to see the whites of his eyes.
"I was in the kitchen washing a few dishes and heard the gun like it coulda come through the window, and it just scared me so bad, where I jumped like, ‘uh!’ Jerome! And me and him (Jerome, her grandson) was both coming to the front, and before I got to the front door I seen him, and he come on in the front door and say, ’ma, this guy done shot me,’ and he was bent over like this."
These are the words of Travis Stringer’s mom, Lattie Stringer, who describes her son as a good guy who at one time found himself in prison. Still, she contends that she didn't know what kind of life Travis her son lived when he wasn't around her.
The guy that Stringer described, once he was shot, is still on the run, and police need your help in finding him.
"For someone to take that life, end that life, there's no justification. That's why we need to get that person arrested, off of the street before some other individual looses their life," Henry/Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska says.
Dothan police Sgt. Stacy Robinson says crimes like this sometimes are familiar around this time of year.
"Unfortunately, the holidays does result in sometimes increasing crime due to the fact that people become more desperate, particularly they’re short of money."
To make money, Stringer mowed yards, fixed roofs, and painted. He was working on painting a door inside his mother's house when he decided to take a break.
"He just left and went somewhere, I don't know. He said, 'I'll finish tomorrow evening,’ but tomorrow will not come, not for him," Mrs. Stringer says.
The suspect is described as a black male, about five feet, seven inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
If you have any information, you may call 793-7000. Your name will remain anonymous.