Man found shot to death behind Phoenix furniture store

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are trying to determine what led up to the apparent murder of a man whose body was found in the Room Store Plaza early Wednesday morning.

Investigators were called to the scene near 35th and Northern avenues at about 2:30 a.m.

The man's body was discovered behind the building near the store's loading doors. Police said he had been shot to death.

Police have identified the victim as Nikolas Tipsword, 31.

A witness told officers he saw a light-colored, 1990's-model Lincoln or Cadillac driving away from the scene. That's the only information police have at this point.

If you know anything about this deadly shooting, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). You may remains anonymous.