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A Meridian man has been identified as the victim of a drive-by shooting Friday night that left him dead, but Meridian police still weren't able to say Monday if he was a target of the shooting or identify a motive.

Johnny Cullins, 26, of Meridian was identified Monday as the victim by Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler.

Cullins was standing near a gas pump around 11 p.m. Friday at a Shell gas station near the Hampton Inn on the Hwy. 39 bypass when someone inside a dark-colored vehicle driving past shot him, Meridian police said.

Cullins later died at a hospital, police said.

He was the 12th victim of a homicide in the city this year, Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said.

On Monday, Dubose said police were still investigating to see if there was a motive behind the shooting or if Cullins was a target. Police did not have a suspect, Dubose said.

Although that information was not available, Dubose said residents should have nothing to worry about.

Police ask anyone with information to call Meridian police or Crimestoppers at 855-485-TIPS.

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