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Detroit native killed in shooting

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

HUNTINGTON — Police have identified the man killed in an early morning shooting as a Detroit native.

Lorenzo M. Craig, 25, had been living in the Huntington area for several years, before he was killed just after 1 a.m. Thursday, said Huntington Police Lt. John Williams. The victim’s family still lives out of state.

The shooting happened outside of a nightclub in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue. Officers arrived to find Craig’s body fatally shot and laying next to the 8th Avenue nightclub, Poppy’s.

Williams said investigators were still pursuing leads to identify a suspect as of 1 p.m. Witnesses had described a black male, approximately 5-foot-10 and medium build run from the scene south. He was wearing jeans and a white shirt.

The lieutenant added that investigators now believe the shooting stemmed from a problem between two individuals.

“I don’t think it was something where someone just swooped in and did something to somebody randomly,” Williams said.

Information gathered from witnesses indicates Craig might have visited the nightclub Thursday, however Williams said they do not believe the bar was involved in the shooting. He described its owner as being cooperative with detectives.

Authorities removed the victim’s body from the crime scene about 8 a.m. Thursday. It was transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Crime scene detectives then focused on other evidence found at the scene. A few items had been located in a grassy area around the victim’s body. Investigators, at one point, were spotted using a metal detector to comb for additional clues.

Detectives also focused on a Chevrolet Impala LT with Florida tags parked along 8th Avenue just outside of the nightclub. Williams said it was towed from the scene as a precaution based upon a belief it may be linked to the gunman.

Police additionally sought surveillance video from the surrounding area in hopes it would yield clues in the case.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 304-696-4444.

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