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TPD responds Sept. 1, to Discount Tire and Auto Repair, 2105 Lake Bradford Road. TPD announced Sept. 10 that a man initially believed to have died in an accident had been shot.

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A man initially believed to have died in an accident at an auto shop and tire yard had been shot, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

TPD announced Thursday it reclassified its investigation into the incident as a homicide.

Police responded Sept. 1 to Discount Tire and Auto Repair, 2105 Lake Bradford Road, after getting a call about an injured person. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

The Tallahassee Police Department responds Tuesday, Sept. 1, to Discount Tire and Auto Repair, 2105 Lake Bradford Road. TPD announced Sept. 10 that a man initially believed to have died in an accident had been shot. (Photo: Jeff Burlew)

TPD said at the time that no foul play was suspected and the man appeared to have died from a workplace accident.

“Through an autopsy, it was determined that the victim sustained a gunshot wound,” TPD said in a news release. 

The department said it can’t release the man’s name because of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment granting crime victims privacy and other rights.

“This continues to be an active investigation,” TPD said, “and updates will be provided as they become available.

No arrests have been made. TPD did not say whether it had any suspects. Officers could be seen the night of the incident interviewing people at the scene into the night.

So far in 2020, there have been at least 52 shooting incidents in the capital city and Leon County, according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis. Eighteen people have been killed and 45 injured.

TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 850-891-4200 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 850-574-TIPS.

Contact Jeff Burlew at [email protected] or follow @JeffBurlew on Twitter.

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