Police: Man fatally shot near Hone Avenue school

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Police say a 45-year-old man was fatally shot inside an SUV early Monday morning on Hone Avenue, just steps away from the St. Clare of Assisi School.

Rosalie Leto, who's lived around the corner from the scene for 65 years, says she initially heard about three gunshots and a pause around 4 a.m., followed by two more pops. Police say the victim was found sitting in the driver's seat of a gray Ford Explorer with multiple gunshot wounds.

A security guard for St. Clare says the shooting had nothing to do with the school that contains 500 pre-K to eighth-grade students. But St. Clare did close its main entrance for the day as a result, directing parents and students to the Rhinelander Avenue door around the corner.

No arrests have been made. Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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