UPDATE 7/25/13 @ 1:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have identified a man who was shot to death overnight.
Lt. John Williams says Lorenzo M. Craig, 25, originally of Detroit, was found dead in a grassy area beside the Poppy's bar around 1 a.m. Thursday. The bar is located at the intersection of Hal Greer and 8th Avenue.
Police confirm Craig was inside the bar prior to the shooting. Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook says it does not appear the establishment is in anyway connected to the shooting incident.
"The owner of the bar has been extremely cooperative with our investigators," Holbrook said, "and we have not had any trouble from this establishment. It is just unfortunate that it occurred adjacent to the bar."
Holbrook said crime in this part of town has gone down over the last three to four years.
"We have done a tremendous job with reducing that number over the last three or four years to the point that this is no longer considered our hot spot in this area in particular and city wide for that matter," explained Holbrook.
Police are continuing to gather information about this shooting.
Witnesses say they heard gun shots and saw a man running south across 8th Avenue.
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The man was shot about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Lt. John Williams told WSAZ.com that the man hasn't been identified.
Williams said the victim may have been at a nearby bar before the shooting, but that has not been confirmed.
The State Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston is picking up the body for an autopsy.
Until the body is removed, 8th Avenue between Hal Greer and 17th Street will remain closed. Police say it could be closed at least until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
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UPDATED 7/25/13 @ 1:47 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is dead after a shooting near a bar in Huntington.
It happened about 1 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Hal Greer Boulevard. and 8th Avenue.
Police say the man was found dead in a grass area beside a bar. Witnesses say they heard gun shots and saw a man running south across 8th Avenue.
Neither the victim nor the suspect has been identified.
Police Chief Skip Holbrook tells WSAZ.com police have yet to find a motive.
Police are still on the scene. Right now, 8th Avenue between Hal Greer and 17th Street is closed. The road is expected to be closed until at least 9:30 a.m.
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We have a crew headed to the scene.
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