by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – After an evening of interviews and forensic investigation, the Huntington Police Department has called the death of an individual  at 701 ½ Eighth Avenue a homicide. The first call of a “deceased person” came at about 5:56 p.m. Wednesday evening, according to the HPD release.

Through out Wednesday evening Police Chief Skip Holbrook classified the death as “suspicious,” pending  the gathering of further information.

HPD will not confirm the cause of death until after an autopsy  has been completed. Police are withholding the identity of the victim until family members are notified, according to the 11:30 p.m. news release.

The police have a number of leads and likely will release additional information Thursday evening.

Relying upon neighborhood interviews , televised reports indicate that a man may have gone  to the Eighth Avenue apartment with a woman and another man. The woman left and returned to find a man dead in her apartment. An additional televised report stated that neighbors heard at least one shot fired and that the victim was an adult black male. Scanner traffic speculated that the victim had been "shot" and there was a lot of "blood" at the crime scene.

However, Holbrook could NOT confirm any of those accounts when he spoke to HNN at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, which was about two hours before the investigation was declared a homicide.

Finally, the HPD  release does not confirm any of the details provided in the televised reports which originated from neighbors.