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Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a deadly shooting that took place at the Applebee’s restaurant on Route 1 near the Quaker Bridge Mall.

Police arrived at the scene after midnight on Tuesday to find one man dead from a gunshot wound. A preliminary investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office indicates that 23-year-old Devin Smith, of Lawrence, was seated at the bar at Applebee’s when he was shot in the head at approximately 12:25 a.m.

The suspect then fled the property in a dark-colored SUV. The suspect is described by police as a black male in his mid-20’s.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The motive is currently unknown, and the restaurant was taped off as of Tuesday morning.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Gary Wasko or Det. Michael Hughes of the Mercer County
Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.

This story is still developing, and more details will be added to the article as they become available.