SWAT officers were called to clear a southwest Atlanta house where a fatal shooting took place overnight, according to authorities.

Officers first got a call about a shooting at a home on Allene Avenue in the Capitol View neighborhood around 10 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found a man lying in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds, Atlanta police Lt. Andrew Smith said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died. He was identified as 26-year-old Rodagus Thomas Jr. by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

When homicide investigators arrived, “there was a narcotics connection made,” Smith said, which led to the SWAT team being called to conduct a sweep. Smith did not elaborate on the alleged narcotics.

Homicide investigators were able to enter securely once the home was cleared.

It is not clear what sparked the shooting or if any suspects have been identified. Police have not released any other information.

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