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A man found shot to death in Richmond early Monday morning has been identified as 26-year-old William Wheeler, a police lieutenant said. A witness who spotted the Richmond man’s body next to Lucas Park and Playground located at 10th Street and Lucas Avenue flagged down a passing police officer just before 3 a.m. Monday, Lt. Bisa French said. Wheeler was found to have suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have not made any arrests in the case and a motive for the shooting has not been determined, French said. The 26-year-old’s death is Richmond’s first homicide this year. Last year, the city saw its homicide rate drop to 18, down from 24 in 2011 and 45 in 2009, according to police.
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