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DECATUR — Police are investigating the shooting death of Suave L. Turner, a 28-year-old Decatur man who was brought to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital on Thursday night, Macon County Coroner Michael Day said Friday. 

Day, in a news release, said Turner was pronounced dead in the hospital's emergency room at 11:39 p.m. An autopsy was conducted at the McLean County Coroner's Morgue in Bloomington, he said, and found that the preliminary cause of Turner's death was a single penetrating gunshot wound to his upper right chest.

In a statement, Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said officers went to St. Mary's at 11:25 p.m. after someone was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle. He said the victim had suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest and subsequently died.

Detectives were called in and are conducting interviews, he said. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Day identified Turner as the victim Friday morning, and said that an inquest is pending.

Copeland said police would not release more information at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Decatur Police Department at (217) 424-2711 or (217) 424-2734.

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Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @allison0512

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