The 100 block of Walnut Avenue, just over the hill from UPMC Altoona, is populated by families, working people and lots of kids.
The quiet of that neighborhood was shattered early Saturday morning when several gunshots rang out from one of the homes.
A neighbor called police reporting a home invasion robbery in progress, and when police arrived at 124 Walnut Ave. they found a 37-year-old native of Washington, D.C., dead.
Police asked that his name not be released, pending notification of relatives who live in several locations outside the area, including Washington, D.C., and Erie.
Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross transported the body of the black male victim to the Mount Nittany Medical Center on Saturday night where Dr. Harry Kamerow, a forensic pathologist, was to perform an autopsy.
Altoona police assisted by the Hollidaysburg state police barracks worked all night and into the daylight hours processing the crime scene and talking to the neighbors
By late Saturday evening, no suspects have been arrested, but as Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio said, We issued some search warrants.
The Mirror will have more information in Sunday's Mirror.