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February 16. 2013 9:37PM
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HAZLETON – City police said a man was found shot dead early Saturday morning near the intersection of Fourth and Alter streets.

The identity of the 34-year-old white male was withheld pending notification of his family.

Investigators armed with warrants searched various locations and interviewed witnesses and others throughout the day, but still urged anyone with information about the case to contact them through Luzerne County 911.

The victim was discovered by police responding to a report of shots fired at the intersection at 2:01 a.m.

District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis declined to say how many bullets struck the man or provide information about the gun used in the shooting.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene by members of the Luzerne County Coroner's Office. An autopsy has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Salavantis said investigators "have had multiple leads and are conducting many interviews."

"We are on top of it," she said. "Everyone's working very hard at trying to track down who did this."

Pennsylvania State Police and detectives from the Hazleton Police Department and the district attorney's office are assisting in the investigation.

Police said they are not currently releasing additional information about the incident because their investigation is in its early stages.

The shooting is the second homicide in Hazleton in a month.

Aaron Reznick, 29, of Ebervale, was found unconscious and bleeding from the head on Carson Street the morning of Aug. 4. He died on Aug. 13 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, from blunt force trauma sustained in a beating, authorities said.

Five days later police arrested Breon Judon, 19, at his residence on Lafayette Court, Hazleton, and charged him in the death. The other suspect, Mitchell Dedes, 17, also of Hazleton, was jailed in the county prison on unrelated robbery charges when he was arrested.

Police alleged Judon and Dedes robbed Reznick of his iPhone before beating and kidnapping him.

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