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A Palmdale man found shot to death in a vehicle in Tujunga was publicly identified Monday.

Edward Kates III was 51 years old, according to the coroner’s office.

Officers sent to the 8100 block of Foothill Boulevard around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday found the man now identified as Kates in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service.

Kates was pronounced dead at the scene, Hernandez said.

“Detectives were advised a witness was riding his bike and observed the victim in his vehicle unconscious and called 911,” police said in a statement early Tuesday afternoon. “Detectives are in the process of viewing surveillance video from the area as well as canvassing the area for witnesses and additional evidence.”

No arrests were reported, and no suspect information was immediately released. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the LAPD Valley Bureau homicide office at 818-374-9550, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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