Police are investigating the shooting death of a 29-year-old Waco man as the city’s first homicide of 2017, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Police were called to the 2300 block of Edna Avenue at about 9 p.m. Monday after a fight broke out among a group of people near North Waco Park. Police think at least two people fired shots during the altercation, according to a statement from Swanton.

Jeremy Dewayne James, 29, was shot several times in the upper torso. Emergency responders took James to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No one was taken into custody late Monday night, Swanton said. The incident remains under investigation, but Swanton said the shooting death is the first homicide investigation of the year.

He said the people involved knew each other.

“This was not a random shooting,” Swanton said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Waco Police Department at 750-7500 or Waco Crime Stoppers at 753-HELP (4357).

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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