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Police probe homicide in Pontchartrain Park area

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Approximate location of the body's discovery at Prentiss and Providence (Google Maps) Approximate location of the body's discovery at Prentiss and Providence (Google Maps)

FOX 8 received this news release from the New Orleans Police Dept. Thursday night:

Homicide Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of an unidentified male. The victim was found just before 6pm near railroad tracks at the intersection of Prentiss and Providence Place.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

A concerned citizen in the area thought he heard the sound of fireworks. The citizen discovered the victim lying face down moments later. The citizens alerted off duty NOPD Officer Melvin Hunter who lives nearby. Officer Hunter arrived on the scene and found the unresponsive victim to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident, as well as a motive. 

Homicide Detective Matthew Morrison is in charge of the investigation.

Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s).  You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org

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