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Example of a Food 4 Less store. Photo via Minnaert/Wikimedia Commons

Authorities Thursday identified a man shot to death in an alley behind a Food 4 Less store in Santa Ana.

Police received a call about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday of a man not breathing in the 1900 block of North Grand Avenue, according to Cmdr. Matt Brown of the Santa Ana Police Department.

Joseph Frank Garcia, 23, of Orange died at the scene, police said. He had been shot multiple times in his upper body.

A motive for the crime was unknown.

“We don’t know why he was there,” Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. “It’s obviously in a secluded area of the complex so there are obvious questions of why he is back there or who was he meeting.”

The victim “had no apparent gang ties,” Bertagna said.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call homicide detectives at (714) 245-8390, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP- OCCS.

—City News Service

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