Man found shot to death in downtown Indio; police suspect it's a homicide

A man was found dead from a gunshot wound early Friday in downtown Indio, police said, and detectives are investigating it as a possible homicide.

Fire personnel and paramedics responded to a 911 call at 1:07 a.m. about a loud noise and a man lying in front of a house, said Indio police spokesman Benjamin Guitron. When the medics got to the 45-600 block of Smurr Street, near Requa Avenue, they found the man dead.

"Detectives are currently interviewing anyone at the residence or nearby or anybody who witnessed this, to determine why did this happen, who's involved, and the biggest question of all, who's responsible?" Guitron said.

The Riverside County sheriff's coroner's unit responded, and is working to determine an exact cause of death and other details.

"As they work together, hopefully they can come up with some answers," Guitron said, adding that the shooting is "absolutely not" believed to be related to another fatal shooting under an Indio bridge earlier this week. In that case, an unidentified man's body was found Monday, and on Wednesday authorities ruled it was a homicide.

Janet Wilson is a staff reporter for The Desert Sun.

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