Man in 30s fatally shot outside his Kent home

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KENT, Wash. —

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a 32-year-old man outside his home on Kent's East Hill.

Police said that at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to the 21000 block of 131st Avenue Southeast in a neighborhood of relatively new homes for a report of a man who had been shot.

Officers who arrived at the scene found a man lying on the street with a gunshot wound to his torso.

Though he was initially conscious and breathing, when medics arrived they were unable to stabilize the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said they heard an argument before the sound of gunshots.

“I heard kind of two pop-shots and then I heard one more and so I called 911 and said I thought I heard a shooting,” said high school student Zach.

Zach, who lives nearby, said he heard voices like someone pleading or moaning before the shots were fired.

“This had a sense of desperation and urgency and like something bad,” said Zach.

Police used dogs to search the area for a suspect but came up empty.

As people who apparently knew the victim gathered in the neighborhood, police went door to door looking for answers.

“We don't know the cause of it.  We don't know entirely how it transpired. We only know it was a fight that ended with gunshots and one man deceased,” said Sgt. Jerod Kasner.

Officers do not yet have information on a possible suspect.

Police ask anyone who has information on the shooting to call 911 or contact the Kent Police Department tip line at 253-856-5808.