ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A 26-year-old man was found shot to death in the back of a popular shopping mall in Elizabethtown, marking the cities first homicide of the year.
The man's body was found behind a party supply store at the Lakeshore Plaza on Dixie Avenue. The shopping plaza also includes a busy Peddlers Mall.
"Everyone is just going to take extra precautions," a store employee said. "That's just all we can do."
The employee said the area where the man was found stood out. The gravel had been disturbed.
"From the picture you could see our dumpster, the backdoor and where all the police was," she said.
Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman John Thomas identified the victim as Anthony Gullotto, of Radcliff.
"We're still not exactly sure what he was doing in E-town," Thomas said.
He said police got a call early Tuesday morning to check on a man lying on the ground.
He'd been shot several times.
"What we can tell the public is that this does not appear to be a random incident," he said.
Officers had one wish going into the holidays, that 2017 would end without one single murder.
"It's kind of a rare, shocking event for Elizabethtown," Thomas said.
Police could not say if anything related to the murder was caught on camera, how Gullotto got to the back of the lot, or information about a possible motive.
They hope to be able to release more information in the next couple of days.
No suspect information has been released in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at (270) 765-4125.