Region 8 Truck Driver Murdered in Mississippi

MARCH 2, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

JACKSON, MS - A northeast Arkansas truck driver was shot and killed at a gas station in Jackson, Mississippi.

Authorities say 41-year-old Kevin Rice was pronounced dead Monday morning at a Jackson hospital.  Now, police are searcing for a suspect in the shooting.

Deputy Chief Lee Vance said Rice flagged down a police officer late Sunday and told the officer he had been shot.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said she was told by hospital personnel that Rice had suffered five gunshot wounds.

Police didn't have a motive for the shooting.

Rice worked for V&H Leasing in Newport, and had worked for the company for at least 15 years.  Jim Heatherly, owner of the trucking company, said Rice was headed to Tampa, Florida, to deliver a load of hardwood flooring when he was shot.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)