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The main gate into Powells Cove Park on 130th Street in College Point

The 25-year-old man who was discovered shot in the head inside Powells Cove Park in College Point on Aug. 2 apparently took his own life, according to police.

Officers from the 109th Precinct responded to a 911 call at 7:56 a.m. on Aug. 2 inside of the park located off the intersection of 11th Avenue and 133rd Place.

Upon arriving at the location, the officers discovered Erick Franco, 35, of Norwalk, Connecticut with a single gunshot wound to the head, unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement sources said a firearm was located and recovered in close proximity to the man’s body.

The man’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to officially determine the cause of death, police said. The investigation determined that Franco’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

This story was updated on Aug. 8 at 3:15 p.m.


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Joseph August 11, 2018 / 08:46AM
Yes we would like to know is he a local

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Michele Kilcommons August 05, 2018 / 09:52AM
Follow-up please... College Point residents would like to know the latest info. Identity? Homicide or suicide? Regarding the gun, were there additional rounds? These are serious issues for residents. Update appreciated. Thank you.

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