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Man found shot to death inside car in Pottstown

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 06 2014 04:27:54 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 06 2014 05:17:56 PM CDT

Police in Pottstown are investigating the deadly shooting of a man found inside a vehicle Thursday night.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

Police in Pottstown are investigating the deadly shooting of a man found inside a vehicle Thursday night.

The victim was identified by the Montgomery County coroner's office as Steven Mitchell, 20. He was discovered by police shortly before 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue as officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

"I'm still shocked. It's like, I just saw him," said Reina Briddell, who told 69 News she often saw Mitchell driving around the neighborhood. She said the two had crossed paths hours before the homicide.

"I saw him earlier that day before he died, so that's why it really hit me. I was like 'oh wow,' that's sad," she said.

The homicide is being investigated by both Pottstown police and the Montgomery County district attorney's office. As of Friday afternoon, phone calls made to officials at both offices were unreturned.

No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, local residents told 69 News that they're living in fear. Many said they hear gunshots frequently.

"I've been in this town my whole life and to see it just going down right now, violence nonstop. It's saddening," said Christian Gonzalez.

"Last couple of weeks I've heard at least five, six shots," said Willie Harris. "It's not like it used to be. It's not really that safe."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pottstown police at 610-970-6570 or Montgomery County detectives at 610-278-3368.