Police search for person of interest in Beloit homicide

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BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV)--- Police released video of a man they would like to to speak to in connection with a shooting that left one man dead in Beloit on Saturday.

Captain Thomas Stigler of the Beloit Police Department spoke at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Stingler said they would like to get more information about the victim’s activities before his death.

28-year-old James Tomten of Janesville was found shot to death inside a vehicle in the 800 block of Vine Street. Police believe the homicide happened around 12:20 p.m. They believe the Tomten was shot by another person inside the vehicle.

Stigler said, "It was very cold out. People were inside their house. The vehicle didn't crash and make a loud noise. It just kind of came to a stop in a snowbank that probably explains why there was no initial call."

Tomten was the driver of the vehicle.

Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Tomten's death "was the result of homicidal firearm trauma."

The man police would like to speak with is identified as being 5’10” – 6’0” tall with lighter skin. He had red tennis shoes.

Police believe that the suspect and victim knew each other. The department doesn’t believe that there is an ongoing threat to the community.

If anyone saw the beige Escalade, please call the Beloit Police Department at (608) 364-6803.