Coroner identifies man found shot to death in Gulfport neighborhood

Coroner identifies man found shot to death in Gulfport neighborhood
Police are investigating a homicide in the area of 11th and 43rd Avenue. (Source: Photo WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - WLOX has learned the identity of the man found shot to death on the side of a Gulfport road late Sunday night. Officials say the victim is 31-year-old Demeatrius Blakely of Gulfport.

Around 9:35 p.m. police received a call about gunshots being fired around 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, not far from Memorial Hospital. While patrolling that area to investigate the shots, officers found Blakley lying on the side of 43rd Avenue. Police determined he was dead from a gunshot wound.

Police have not announced any arrests in the shooting, nor said if they have a suspect in the death. But Chief Papania says investigators are working on some leads.

The death is now being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information that could help officers in the investigation is asked to contact Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers online or by phone at 877-787-5898.

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