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Man, 27, shot multiple times, left to die inside vehicle on side of DeKalb road

DeKalb County police are investigating the shooting of a 27-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle, which had ended up in a ditch.
DeKalb County police are investigating the shooting of a 27-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle, which had ended up in a ditch.
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A 27-year-old man was shot multiple times and left to die inside his vehicle early Thursday morning in a neighborhood off Glenwood Road. And police said they are following some strong leads that may help identify his killer.
But as of late Thursday afternoon, no charges had been filed in the shooting.

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Gerrard Osborne. But they could not confirm where he was from and police said they did not know what he was doing in the neighborhood where he was shot.

The investigation began around 4 a.m. when officers responded to the 3500 block of Misty Valley Road after getting a report of shots fired in the area, according to DeKalb County police. When officers arrived they found a man dead inside a vehicle. Someone had shot him multiple times, police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.

Investigators later learned that the man had gotten into an argument with another person and that argument escalated into gunfire, Fore said. The killer was outside the vehicle when the victim was shot, he said. It’s unclear what type of weapon was used and police did not know what the argument was about between the suspect and the victim.

Shortly before 9 a.m., police and investigators from the medical examiner’s office could be seen examining a gray sedan that was off the road, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The vehicle had left the roadway and ended up in a ditch after the shooting, DeFoe said. But it’s unclear if the man was driving or had stopped with his foot on the brake when he was shot, police said.

Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses to the crime, Fore said. He said the victim was alone in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.