The coroner has arrived to collect the body of the gunshot victim who was found in a car at a Newark strip mall pic.twitter.com/rs71GHrsiT— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) April 9, 2017
Police say the shooting happened around noon on Newark Boulevard. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man shot in the head inside a car that was still running.
Family of the victim watched as the Alameda County coroner removed the body from the dark colored BMW sedan.
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They would not talk to ABC7 News about their loved one, but a neighbor of the shopping center says he may know the victim from a nearby barber shop. "No, I haven't seen him in the car, but I've seen him cutting hair over there at KJ's," neighbor Robert Sanchez said.
Sanchez and his mother Laura said they're shocked it happened in the parking lot in broad daylight.
Detectives ruled out suicide pretty quickly because they did not find a gun in the car. "The first officer arrived, and checked on the person. They also initially believed that the person may have been drunk. Once they checked on the person, they realized that he had been shot," Newark police Lt. Chomnan Loth said.
There are businesses that have security cameras aimed at the scene of the shooting.
According to our media partners at Univision, police have collected surveillance video with clear images of a white or silver SUV that pulled up next to the BMW and potential suspects.
Jimmy Lee's works nearby. His friend is the one who first spotted the victim slumped onto the steering wheel of the BMW. "It was running and the windshield wiper was on and the headlight was on, that was it," Lee said.
Detectives are in their initial stages of this investigation and are hoping to find witnesses who might help them find the gunman.
This is Newark's first homicide of the year.