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Man shot to death inside Petersburg home, police search for pick up truck

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg Police are searching for a 2005 Dodge Ram pick-up truck with license plate number "3110HM" in connection to a suspicious death.

On Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m. police responded to the 1000 Block of Elliott Avenue for a report of a "suspicious death."

Crime Insider sources said the victim was an older man who was found dead inside of his home by a family member.

The man had been shot in the face and his house was ransacked, according to those sources.

Those same sources tell CBS 6's Jon Burkett that it's believed the crime didn't happen on Wednesday and that detectives are treating the investigation as a homicide.

Javier Simmons, who has lived on Elliot Avenue for nearly two decades, said the victim was a longtime resident. Simmons arrived home to find police tape wrapped around his neighborhood.

"What’s going on in my neighborhood?" Simmons asked. "Because things like this don’t happen."

Simmons said the demographics of his neighborhood are changing from longtime homeowners to renters.

"Now, you’re hearing gunshots at night and you’re afraid to look through the window because you don’t know where the bullets are coming from," the man explained.

The victim's family members didn't want to comment.

If you believe you may have seen anything suspicious in the area over the past 24 hours or may know the whereabouts of the above-listed vehicle, please contact the Petersburg Bureau of Police at 804-732-4222 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or by sending a tip by downloading the P3tips App to your phone or by going to P3tips.com.