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HOUSTON - Police responded to reports of a shooting early Thursday and found a man dead in the parking lot of a church in far south Houston.

The shooting was reported at Calvary Hill Baptist Church in the 3900 block of Almeda Genoa just east of Highway 288.

The first officers on the scene found a man shot an unknown number of times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A couple of area residents told police they saw a black Mercedes leaving the scene with license plate 439-XDN shortly after the shooting occurred. The vehicle's passenger-side tailight was out.

Houston police said the victim appeared to be 40 years old.

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