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Man found shot to death inside his car outside popular Ponce restaurant

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A man, believed to be in his 20s, was found shot to death in the parking lot of a popular northeast Atlanta early Thursday morning.
So far, police have no motive or suspect in the shooting, but said the incident is not connected to the restaurant.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office is waiting until the family is notified before releasing the identity of the victim, but police said he appeared to be in his 20s.

The investigation began shortly before 2:30 a.m. when officers responded to 755 Maiden Lane after getting a report of a person shot, according to Atlanta police. They arrived to find the man already dead inside his vehicle, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

The man was found behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Impala, which was in the parking lot of The Real Chow Baby restaurant near the intersection of Ponce De Leon Avenue and Barnett Street, police said. He had a gunshot wound to the chest, Capt. Paul Guerrucci said, according to media reports.

While the victim was found in the parking lot of the restaurant, the shooting actually happened in the roadway, Guerrucci told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We believe that he might have been outside the car when the shooting initially started, then he collapsed inside his vehicle.”

Joshua Litton told the AJC he was just around the corner when he heard gunshots and went to investigate. He said he saw the man deceased in the car and somebody else shaking him. “And they’re saying, ‘Help! Help!'" Litton said. And then the person saw him.

“When he sees me, he turns the other way and starts running full speed,” Litton said. “Still saying help, but running away and not looking back.”

So far, police have not released any description of the suspect.