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Five charged in Owensboro shooting death

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Five people are charged in the death of Joshua Newcomb and investigators are now searching for weapons used during the crime.

The preliminary autopsy from the Daviess County coroner reveals the 23 year-old Newcomb died from a single shotgun wound to the neck. Newcomb's family says they're still shaken up from yesterday's murder.

An east Daviess County neighborhood turned to a crime scene after authorities say five men barged into Newcomb's home demanding money, guns and drugs.

"They went to the residence and knocked on the door and ultimately forced their way into the residence and one of the individuals was armed with a long gun," said Daviess County Sheriff's Department Lt. Col. Jeff Jones.

The sheriff's department says 18 year-old Joshua Orr fired a shotgun, hitting Newcomb in the neck.

"It's my understanding it was fired through a door and struck him in the neck and that resulted in his death," said Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe.

Orr, 18 year-old Dakota Galloway and three juveniles are now under arrest charged with capital murder and first degree robbery. The sheriff's office is still looking for the shotgun and other weapons used during the robbery and murder. The coroner says it's uncommon for the fatal shot to be fired through a door.

"It was probably pretty close range of the door. That's a little unusual for a shotgun and all but at a close range they're pretty powerful."

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