PHOTOS: Man gunned down just after midnight in parking lot on Washington Street in Claremont

New Hampshire's Major Crimes Unit is processing the scene

CLAREMONT, NH - A shooting during the first minutes of the day just a short distance to the east of the entrance to the Walmart on Washington Street in Claremont left one man dead at the scene and prompted a crime scene investigation which was still underway as the sun came up Sunday morning.

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    The shooting was reported via a 911 call at approximately 12:14 a.m. Sunday and Claremont officers responded to the parking lot out in front of the Imperial Buffet restaurant and Imperial Auto & Bodyworks to find that Jesse Jarvis, 36, had been shot several times, police reported.

    Jarvis was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said there were "a considerable number of private citizens both inside and outside the restaurant at the time the incident occurred" and added, "While there is no known threat to the general public, anyone who was present at the Imperial Buffet yesterday evening after 11:30 p.m. or who has knowledge of this event is asked to contact Sgt. William Bright of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit at 603-223-4381."

    New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval has scheduled an autopsy for first thing Monday morning and authorities said that they do not expect to release any further information until that autopsy is complete. 

Yellow evidence marker cones were placed near over a dozen items of interest to forensics investigators in the parking lot

Employees of Imperial Buffet and Imperial Auto spoke with detectives on Sunday morning

Most of the forensic evidence appeared to be in front of the auto body building 

A motorcycle was parked in what appeared to be the center of the crime scene

A detective steps over crime scene tape outside the restaurant

The entrance to Walmart is just a few dozen yards away on Washington Street

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