watermelon shooter

A 44-year-old man who was wanted in the shooting of 70-year-old watermelon salesman Saturday along U.S. Hwy. 49 turned himself in to Covington County authorities Monday night.

Kevin Drummond, who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds, faces strong armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

Covington County Sheriff’s Investigator Tony Puckett said Tuesday morning someone brought Puckett to the Sheriff’s Office Monday night. Puckett planned to interview Drummond later Tuesday, and Drummond’s initial court appearance is likely to be Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Puckett said earlier that the incident occurred just before noon Saturday.

Kevin Drummond

Kevin Drummond turned himself in Monday night following the shooting of a 70-year old watermelon vendor on Hwy 49 on Saturday.

“Drummond walked up to the man and asked him if he had change for $100,” Puckett said. “He said he did and before he could get his money out, the suspect pulled out a gun and grabbed for the money. They both wrestled for the money and a cellphone, and the man was shot in the hip.

“The watermelon vendor is home right now and doing well,” Puckett said Monday afternoon. “He was just selling watermelons to support his family.”

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