Police investigate sixth homicide of year

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 23, 2005

Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in northern Suffolk, the city’s sixth murder of the year, already two more than 2004.

Police were called out to the 2200 block of Kings Highway shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, where they found the victim, James Robert Parker, 52, inside the house, said Lt. Debbie George, spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police Department. Parker, who lived in the 400 block of Wellons Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Late Thursday, police began interviewing witnesses and a possible suspect, said George.

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Parker’s body has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Norfolk.

Gregory Parker, a longtime Driver resident and owner of Arthur’s General Store, said residents dropping by the store Thursday afternoon had been talking about the homicide. He is not related to the victim.

&uot;We are all curious,&uot; he said. &uot;This is pretty surprising for something like this to happen in Suffolk.

&uot;This is not New York City. But I guess trouble can erupt anywhere.&uot;