DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police homicide detectives are investigating after a man was fatally shot in a barrage of gunfire on the city’s east side.

christopher marcilis Man Found Dead After 45 Shots Fired On Detroits East Side

Christopher Marcilis (Courtesy photo)

According to investigators, at least 45 bullets were fired at the scene, near BOBZ Lounge, in the area of I-94 and Moross.

The victim was found in the street at Chester St. and Harper near a car that had several bullet holes, according to witnesses, who reported hearing dozens of gunshots at around 2 a.m.

Family members talking to WWJ’s Mike Campbell identified the victim as  32-year-old Christopher Marcilis, who worked as a handyman.

“He was a nice, loving sweet person, caring,” said a cousin, Squanato Waltoen. “A person that you would want to be around. He was always happy; he wasn’t a violent person. He was real sweet. He got along with everything.”

The shooter or shooters remain at large.

No information was immediately available about any possible suspects, a motive or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

“I don’t know what happened,” Waltoen said. “The only thing I know is I got the phone call and they said that he was outside BOBZ dead…and I just got in my car and came over here.”

casings Man Found Dead After 45 Shots Fired On Detroits East Side

Evidence techs mark bullet casings littering the ground. (credit: Mike Campbell)

Police had Chester shut down in both directions early in the morning for the investigation, but the roadway has since reopened.

family and friends Man Found Dead After 45 Shots Fired On Detroits East Side

Family and friends gathered at the scene. (credit: Mike Campbell)

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