An investigation was underway Friday into the fatal shooting of a man near Palm Desert.

Deputies sent to the 78000 block of Varner Road at 10:36 a.m. Thursday on an assault with a deadly weapon call found a man dead in the roadway, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies determined the man was shot to death, and summoned investigators with the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit.

Suspect information was not provided, and the circumstances surrounding the initial call were unclear.

Witnesses were urged the Palm Desert sheriff’s station at 760-836-1600.

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