Couple heard gunshots in early hours in Garden District

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Police are releasing little information surrounding the death of a man found dead in the Garden District on Friday morning.

The Montgomery Police Department hasn't ruled the unnamed man's death as a homicide just yet, they're calling it a death investigation as they continue to investigate.

Public Safety Spokesperson Martha Earnhardt said officers responded to the 1500 block of South Hull Street at 7 a.m. That's when the man's body was discovered.

Deborah and Matt Stanghelle live in the neighborhood and were awoken to the sound of gunshots early Friday morning.

"Around 1:15 a.m.," said Matt Stanghelle. "We heard the gunshots, then heard a scream or a yell and then all was silent."

Matt Stanghelle said he heard six gunshots in total.

"We heard about six shots. We thought the clip was emptied," Matt Stanghelle said.

That's when he called the police.

"We did call the police. Then we woke up in the morning to more sirens and saw this area blocked off," Matt Stanghelle said.

Matt and his wife Deborah are missionaries who moved to Montgomery in June. They were out on what they called a "prayer walk" Friday afternoon.

"We trust that God's in control of all things. So, we weren't afraid, we weren't scared, but we were just praying when we heard it, we prayed," said Matt Stanghelle. "We're actually on a prayer walk right now praying for the neighborhood."

"We're praying for just God to be glorified in this neighborhood," said Deborah Stanghelle.

There is currently no information on a possible motive or any suspects.

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