Toronto-raised Dan Markel, a well-known law professor, author and blogger, was gunned down in his Florida home over the weekend. Florida State University
Toronto-born law professor Daniel Markel was found shot in the driver's side seat of his car in his garage by a neighbour, according to a 911 call released Thursday by investigators in Florida.
The neighbour is heard in the redacted, 12-minute recording describing the gruesome scene when the 41-year-old father of two and prominent legal scholar was found shot in the head in the garage attached to his Tallahassee house at about 11 a.m. ET on July 18.
"He's inside [the car]," the neighbour told the 911 operator. 'I don't know if somebody tried to shoot him or if he shot himself or what. I don't know."
“You need to send an ambulance in a hurry. He’s still alive. He’s moving,” the man added.
The neighbour said it was not clear whether Markel was conscious or breathing.
Markel died the next day in hospital. Investigators in Tallahassee released the recording in hope of generating new leads in the shooting that stunned his family, friends and colleagues in the legal community. Markel wrote widely about law and taught at Florida State University.
A portion of the emergency call notes was released earlier this week.
Reward raised again
Investigators did not say at first where in his home Markel was found.
During the 911 call, the neighbour expressed concerns about burglaries in the area, but police have said the shooting was premeditated, not a random act.
A reward of $10,000 — up from $1,000 and then $3,000 — has been offered for any information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS or the dedicated tip line for the case at (850) 891-4462.