Police investigate mysterious shooting

By M. Michelle Byrne

A 65-year-old man was found dead Thursday by the DeKalb Police, victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man was found in front of the building at 2621 James Court Apartments at about 2:30 p.m. after someone reported that a man had been shot, police said. The name of the man will be released after the next of kin is notified, police said.

The man was found shot in the abdomen, lying on his back at the bottom of the building’s stairs. He was wearing elbow pads.

DeKalb Police Sergeant Chuck Kross said there were no witnesses. Kross also said the man had been ill for a while.

DeKalb Coroner Dennis Miller was at the scene, Kross said. An autopsy will be conducted, and an inquest is expected in about four weeks, Kross said.

Police have not officially called this a suicide, but it is the third such incident in DeKalb in the last three weeks.

Two weeks ago a 22-year-old DeKalb man was found dead by his father in a running car in the family’s garage. The garage door was closed, and a second car in the garage had stopped on its own before the man was found. DeKalb Police have called this death an apparent suicide.

Last week another DeKalb man apparently committed suicide. The 79-year-old man was found dead by a friend in a running car in a closed garage.