Man shot to death near Norfolk church has been identified.

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WVEC.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 11:23 PM

Norfolk Bute Street death investigation

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NORFOLK - Police have identifIed the man found shot to death at church in the 400 Block of East Bute Street Tuesday morning. 

Police say the man was Illinois D. Johnson, 53, with no known address.

Officers were called around 6:18 a.m. about gunfire at First Baptist Church in the 400 block of East Bute Street, off St. Pauls Blvd. near Scope.

The pastor of First Baptist Church, Dr. Robert Murray, says he arrived at the church around 6:00 a.m. and didn't see anything suspicious.  He learned shortly afterwords that a man's body had been found on the property.

People in the area say Johnson is known to be homeless and was allegedly sleeping on the church stairs when he was shot.

Officials say the victim frequented the church grounds and many mornings the church staff would wake him. 

Police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting and ask anyone with information to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. 

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