• Police search for gunman in Melbourne fatal shooting


    MELBOURNE, Fla. - Melbourne police are searching for the perpetrator who shot and killed a 26-year-old man.

    Marchell Baker was gunned down in the driveway of a home on Redwood Lane at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Investigators said Baker was found with gunshot wounds and there was little officers could do.

    Baker died at Holmes Regional Medical Center.

    "Officers on scene immediately tried to administer CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken to a local hospital, and unfortunately was pronounced deceased," Sgt. Sheridan Shelley with the Melbourne Police Department said.

    Patricia Hunter was about to go to bed when she said she heard a boom outside the door of her Melbourne home.

    By the time she and her husband came out, no one was there.

    "Nobody deserves to die like that. This gun violence needs to stop. You know, he's a father and now that young man has to grow up without his dad," Hunter said.

    Hunter said there were some shoes left at her front door and said she didn't know if Baker was banging at her front door for help.

    "I'm just floored that it happened," Hunter said.

    Melbourne police said the victim does have a history of drug arrests, although investigators have no motive for the crime. Police will need the public's help if they hope to identify a suspect.

    "The crime needs to stop. We need to come together as a community and raise these young men to put these guns down," Hunter said.

    Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Melbourne police or the Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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