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March 12, 2013

Opelika police seek suspects after man gunned down

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Opelika police are seeking suspects after a man was found lying on a city sidewalk, shot in the abdomen. He later died at a hospital.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports ( that police found the man on Cherry Circle around 3:10 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to East Alabama Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 11:35 p.m. Sunday.

Police identified the man as 39-year-old Harvey Pete Sanford of Opelika.

Opelika Police Capt. Bruce DeLong said witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and seeing a vehicle described as a gray or silver Mercedes Benz speeding from the area after the shooting.

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