New Castle County Police said the killing of a Temple University law school graduate found shot to death in a car in the parking lot of a Delaware business Monday night didn't appear to be a random act of violence.
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Detectives found a "substantial amount of marijuana in the car" belonging to Shazim Uppal, said police.
Police were called to the parking lot of Genesis Healthcare on the 100 block of St. Claire Drive in Hockessin around 7 p.m. Monday. The caller told police a 2007 black Audi A8 was sitting in the parking lot for an unusually long time. Responding officers found Uppal's body in the driver’s seat.
Investigators determined Uppal, a 27-year-old from Hockessin, died from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Police also said he was last seen driving the Audi in the Pine Creek, Delaware area Sunday between 10 and 11 p.m. On Thursday, investigators expanded that timeline to 2 a.m. and expanded the area he could have been to Concordville, Pennsylvania.
Uppal had just graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in July, according to a school spokesperson.
Uppal also attended Masjid Isa Ibn-e-Maryam, a mosque located in Newark, Delaware. Members of the mosque expressed their condolences on the official Facebook page.
Police asked anyone with information on Uppal's death to contact Detective J. Ziemba by phone, 302-395-8068 or email.