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Seattle Police investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed early Thursday morning in the 5400 block of  South Grattan Place in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

A 27-year-old man was found shot to death in a car in South Seattle early this morning.

People living in the area around 54th Avenue South and South Grattan Place South heard several gunshots about 4 a..m.  One of them looked out a window and and saw a person sitting in a car, according to Seattle police.

Officers responding to the scene found the man sitting in the driver seat of a blue Buick Le Sabre. He had been shot several times in the upper body.  Seattle Fire Department medics tried to resuscitate him but without success.

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Police don’t know what led up to the shooting, although one of the callers to 911 heard a vehicle start up and leave the area just after the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Seattle Police Department Homicide tip line at 206-233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

The homicide is the 24th in the city this year, four more than in all of 2011. For a list of the victims before this morning’s slaying, click here.

The most recent homicide was that of Yancy Noll, 43, a wine steward at a QFC supermarket on Capitol Hill, who was fatally shot Aug. 31 while seated in his car. A Seattle man, Dinh Bowman, 29, was arrested about three weeks later and charged with first-degree murder in Noll’s death.