Perpetrators of a drive-up shooting expended almost 50 rounds to kill a man making a music video Sunday in the parking lot of a gas station, police said.
The victim, who police had not named, apparently wasn’t the intended target, however, investigators said Monday.
The shooting happened just after 9 p.m. at the Circle T Quick Stop, 101 Lake Road, police said. Several people called police after hearing shots.
Responding officers found a man dead near the gas station parking lot, according to a news release. As of Monday afternoon, the victim was described only as a 35-year-old Black man. His name was withheld pending his identification by family members, police said.
Police said a black, four-door car, possibly a Dodge, drove up to a group of people in the parking lot and someone in the car began shooting. Police said they don’t believe the victim was the intended target of the shooting, but they didn’t immediately respond to questions about what led them to that conclusion.
Police found about 45 spent shell casings at the scene, according to the department.
Detectives are reviewing security video and conducting interviews with witnesses, the department said.
The man apparently had been filming a music video in the parking lot when he was shot, according to a department statement.
Over the past several years, police have connected violence across the county to feuds between rival rap crews, groups of mostly young people who form gang-like cliques ostensibly to start music careers.
Members of the groups frequently post videos, rapping about women, disputes, money and drugs, on websites such as YouTube, police officials said last year.
Many of their violent outbursts began during exchanges on other social media sites, such as Facebook and Snapchat, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 409-938-9235 to report anonymously through La Marque Crime Stoppers at 409-938-8477 or by visiting p3tips.com/741.
La Marque Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest, according to the news release.