A group of suspects is being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of a local business owner this week.

Forty-five-year-old Bennie Moten was gunned down at around 9 a.m. Monday in the street in front of his business, JB Professional Detailing Shop, 729 Cleveland St. He was pronounced dead almost an hour later.

After more than a day of investigations, Danville police Deputy Director Doug Miller said detectives are looking for five suspects in connection with the shooting.

The five are described as black males wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting, Miller said. The men were last seen fleeing the scene of the shooting on foot, headed southbound.

Miller, speaking Tuesday afternoon, had no additional information as to a motive for the fatal shooting. No one was in police custody in connection with the homicide as of Monday afternoon.

An autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon on Moten, after which Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson revealed Moten was killed by multiple gun shot wounds. Further details, including the location of the gun shot wounds, were not expected to be released.

This is the third homicide in Danville this year. Arrests were made in the first two of the year.

Miller said it is unknown if the five suspects are still in the area, although police continue to actively follow up leads as part of the investigation. The leads thus far are the result of people who were at the scene at the time of the shooting.

Police continue to look for anyone else who may have information regarding the murder.

This is the second shooting in recent days for Danville. A man was shot in the leg just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of North Gilbert Street.

Miller said he had received no information that there was a connection between the two incidents at this point.

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