DA likely to close case of La. mayor ...

DA likely to close case of La. mayor found shot to death

There are 1 comment on the Times-Picayune story from Feb 22, 2007, titled DA likely to close case of La. mayor found shot to death. In it, Times-Picayune reports that:

The district attorney in Lake Charles, La., said Thursday he will likely close the case of a newly elected small town mayor's shooting death now that a second investigation determined that the death was a ...

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Since: Jan 07

charlestown,ma

#1 Feb 22, 2007
Gerald Washington, the first black elected mayor in predominantly white Westlake in southwestern Louisiana, was found dead on Dec. 30, shot in the chest, with his gun nearby in a parking lot. No suicide note was found.

how far is nearby?
1 foot, more than two feet, or ten feet.

any further would lead me to ask

what did he do:
shoot himself in the chest and then throw his gun away?

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