Whitehall police are continuing to investigate the city’s first homicide of the year and are seeking help in the identification of a male spotted fleeing the scene.

As of June 25, no suspects had been identified as detectives continued to investigate, said Whitehall police detective John Grebb.

Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Michael A. Hogan Jr. of South James Road in Columbus.

At 11:25 p.m. June 18, police responded to McAllister and Pierce avenues on a report of a silver car that had crashed into a fire hydrant and into the front yard of a residence.

A witness reportedly told police a passenger ran away from the vehicle to the east.

Police found Hogan in the driver’s seat.

Hogan had sustained at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Whitehall Deputy Chief Dan Kelso.

Hogan was not the owner of the vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, Grebb said.

Hogan was stopped at a stop sign, traveling north on Pierce Avenue at McAllister Avenue, when the shooting occurred, Grebb said.

The passenger who fled is described as a young black male who was wearing a white tank top and denim shorts, Kelso said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Whitehall police at 614-237-6333.

The homicide was the first in Whitehall since Nov. 21, 2018, when 47-year-old Mulugeta Shiferaw of Blacklick was fatally shot at V-Tech Auto Service, 4257 E. Main St., where he was employed.

On Dec. 3, Whitehall police arrested 57-year-old Woldai Gebremedhin, of Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, for aggravated murder in connection with the slaying.

Gebremedhin, then 58, was found dead Jan. 27 at the Franklin County jail.

Gebremedhin had committed suicide by hanging himself, said Sgt. Billy Duffer of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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