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(UPDATED) Brooklyn rent collector shot dead

Police are investigating the possible murder of a rent collector found outside 170 Erasmus Street in Brooklyn.

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UPDATE:Police have processed the inside of the car belonging to Paul Setteducato, the rent collector shot dead in Brooklyn, and found an additional shell casing, bringing the total to four .32 caliber casings, police said.

The fourth was found under the driver's seat. One was also found inside the driver's seat.

Cops said surveillance video from a nearby private residence showed Setteducato's car driving east on Erasmus Street, where he was found, about 6:04 p.m. About 6:12 p.m., a black male in a blue T-shirt is seen running westbound on the southern sidewalk of Erasmus Street.

Callers to 911 had reported a black male in a blue T-shirt running west on Erasmus Street after the shooting, a law enforcement official said.

The law enforcement official said family members confirmed Setteducato worked for Davis Silberszweig as a property manager.

Silberszweig reportedly gave police the name of an individual from whom Setteducato intended to pick up rent that day. That individual is on lifetime parole for murder in the second degree, police said.

Detectives reportedly went to that individual's home and conducted an interview, in which they were told of arrangements made to collect rent. The individual said the exchange happened in Setteducato's car in front of the individual's home.

Detectives said they were told Setteducato counted the rent money, and the individual exited the car and saw Setteducato drive off. The individual's address is not the location where Setteducato was found.

A law enforcement source said the NYPD does not yet have a suspect in custody and the investigation is on-going.

Metro's original story is below.

Police are investigating the possible murder of a rent collector found outside 170 Erasmus St. in Brooklyn.

Paul Setteducato, 64, was shot once in the left side of his head, once in his right shoulder and once in his stomach, police said. He was found outside his car, lying next to the driver's side rear tire and clutching a pen in his right hand.

Cops said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police found one shell casing outside the car and two inside the car: one on the front passenger seat and a bullethole in the left side of the driver's seat cushion.

Setteducato was a property manager for a real estate company, police said. He collected rent from tenants.

The car he was in, a 2000 Mercedes Benz ML 350, was registered in his daughter's name. The keys were in the ignition and the car was turned off. The passenger side door was open and the rear passenger windows windows were down.

Police believe the shooter was inside the car with Setteducato. They say he likely fired the first shot inside the car, striking Setteducato in the abdomen. Setteducato was able to get out of the car, cops said, but the shooter fired two more shots, hitting him in the head and right shoulder.

Police initially said the likely motive was robbery, though Setteducatto was found with his wallet and $53 in his pants pocket, and there was a box of Newport cigarettes on the floor of his car that contained cigarettes, two men's rings and a bracelet. His cell phone was next to his body on the street.

As of Tuesday, police were interviewing personnel at the management company to find out whether Setteducato was out collecting rent and if any pickups were made before the shooting. They were looking to interview a possible friend of Setteducatto's who lives down the street from where he was found.

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