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Neighbor finds shooting victim naked, bound, and beaten on Petersburg porch

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was found shot to death on a Petersburg porch Thursday morning.

Neighbor Lee Tucker tells Crime Insider Jon Burkett that he heard gunshots Wednesday night, but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.

"Six or seven shots right before dark, or it may have even been dark, I didn’t pay attention, but I paid attention to those shots," he said.

When he checked again Thursday morning, he discovered a man shot to death on a porch.

"I walked over and sure enough,” Tucker said as he couldn't believe what he was seeing. “First of all, the man was nude… Nude from head to toe," he said.

He was the one who told Petersburg dispatchers to hurry to the 100 block of St. Matthew Street Thursday morning.

Radio dispatch could be heard saying, “Party found completely nude on his front porch, unresponsive, not breathing at this time.

Tucker says he moved a little closer and instantly knew it was murder.

"It looks like he had been bound, with some type of white sheet or rag tied around his neck and wrist," Tucker said.

Lee Tucker

Petersburg Police have not confirmed that information, but Crime Insider sources say the man was bound, beaten, and gagged. And he was indeed naked and shot multiple times. Those same sources don't believe the victim lived at the home where he was found.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

Police have not released any information on a possible suspect at this time, only saying this is an active investigation.

If you have any information or believe that you heard or saw anything in the area, you are asked to contact Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.