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Charleston police investigating fifth homicide this year

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The fifth homicide in the city of Charleston unfolded in the Milton Street alley way on the East End.

Detectives said drugs might be behind the murder and the reason 25-year-old David Booker ended up dead.

Two people made the grisly discovery early Thursday morning. They found Booker's lifeless body with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police said they still aren't sure how Booker ended up here or why.

"We know that he was at a family member's house earlier in the evening, probably 20 to 30 minutes prior to this going on," said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, Charleston Police Department.

Neighbors told police they didn't hear anything out of the ordinary around the time his body was found.

"We know that no gunshots were heard in the area so that's kind of confusing to us. We talked neighbors and people in the area and they didn't hear anything so we still have a lot of questions to be answered," Eggleton said.

Detectives are looking for a white Crown Victoria car that was seen in the area. They don't know if it was connected to the shooting or not, but want to talk to the people in it.

"There's a vehicle we are looking for, a white Crown Victoria that had some damage to it. We know that this vehicle was seen in the area and ran into a fence where it sustained some damage and that's the one we're looking for at this time," Eggleton said.

Booker was no stranger to local law enforcement. He has racked up criminal charges since he was a teenager. Still, police said he left behind a family that's in mourning over a life cut too short.

Call the Charleston Detective Division if you have any information about the shooting at 304-348-6480.