Murder victim is from Janesville

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BELOIT - Authorities have identified a Janesville man shot and killed Saturday near the 800 block of Vine Street in Beloit, marking the second homicide in the city in the last three months.

James M. Tomten, 28, was found deceased from gunshot trauma, according to the Rock County Medical Examiner's Office.

The shooting was reported to police at 2:41 p.m. on Saturday, with emergency medical staff reporting to the scene at 2:38 p.m., according to Beloit Fire Department dispatch information.

Beloit police command staff believe the shooting occurred around 12:20 p.m.

Tomten was found in a Cadillac Escalade by authorities in the roadway. According to the department's Facebook post, Tomten was a Beloit Memorial High School graduate and had previously studied at Blackhawk Technical College.

A news conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the police department. Authorities believe there is no ongoing public safety threat from the incident.

According to court records, Tomtem has a criminal record dating back to 2009. He's been convicted of multiple drug, firearm, battery, disorderly conduct and theft charges up until 2012, records show.

Police have identified a person of interest in the Tomtem shooting, but have not named the individual.

"We believe the suspect and the victim had a relationship or knew each other," said Beloit Strategic Communications Director Sarah Millard.

This is the second homicide in three months for Beloit. Jose Reyes, 49, of Beloit, was shot and killed in the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue on Nov. 21, allegedly by Ezequiel C. Acosta, 21. He was recently found unfit for trial and placed on court-ordered mental health treatment, according to Rock County Circuit court records.

Police ask residents with information about the incident to call the non-emergency line at 608-757-2244.

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