“...There is blood everywhere all over the house.”
That’s how an Atlantic City Police officer responding to the murder of a city public works employee found gunned down inside his home early Friday morning described the scene.
Thomas Polk, 49, was found shot dead in the second floor of his N Ohio Avenue home after a friend called 9-1-1 just before 8 a.m.
“Start over to 1055 North Ohio Avenue,” said the dispatcher. “Had an unknown male call, stated his friend’s been murdered. He states the back door is open and the friend is in the bedroom, second floor. “
Polk was found shot multiple times.
His step-daughter told NBC10's Ted Greenberg that she has no idea who would have done this.
“Still in shock,” said Dawn Bailey “Just can’t believe it."
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Bailey says that Polk's wife, her mother, died just two months ago.
"He was a loving person, he loved my mother. I don't know who could have did this to him. My mother just passed away and he was actually still grieving himself."
A family member and a police source told NBC that someone originally reported Polk’s SUV as missing from the home but the vehicle later turned up unoccupied outside Atlantic City.
“I don’t know why they would have taken him the way they did,” said Bailey. “It’s a shame.”
The search for Polk's killer(s) continued into Friday night. Anyone with information should contact the Atlantic City Police at (609) 347-5780 or tip an anonymous tip using the keyword "ACPD" to 847411.