Man shot to death after starting car to warm it up

Murder victim Lonnie Franklin (Photo provided by family)

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police say 47-year-old Lonnie Franklin was found shot and killed on his front porch this morning. They say his brother was inside the house and heard a gunshot, then called police.

"It appears he may have come outside, started his car maybe to warm it up since its cold out this morning, then when he went back inside, maybe on the way back inside is when he was approached by suspect,” said Sergeant Michelle, Ramos with San Antonio Police Department.

Police say Franklin was shot in the upper torso, when they got to the home, he was already dead. "I normally would have heard it, but like I said I was on the floor doing my sit ups and stuff and had the TV up, listening to the news and didn't hear nothing,” said nearby neighbor Vincent. Family of Franklin tells us he loved his job as a cook at Fort Sam Houston.

They say he and his brother moved into this house about a month ago. Neighbors tell us they were both very kind and friendly. "It just didn't make no sense for this to happen, because that young man, he went to work every morning, his car was still running!” said Vincent. He leaves behind two children.

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Police said a man was shot to death in the doorway of a home on the city's East Side early Friday morning.

Detectives said the man was discovered by his brother, who lives in the home with him. He called 911.

A San Antonio Police Department spokesperson said the victim, identified as Lonnie Franklin, 47, went outside to start his car to warm it up, then headed back to the house. They say that's when someone approached him and shot him in the doorway of the home.

Franklin worked as the lead cook at Fort Sam Houston, according to officers at the scene.

A weapon was not located at the scene. No arrests have been made.

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