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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Shots rang out in south St. Louis early Saturday morning leaving a local professional boxer dead.

Now the search is on for his killer.

St. Louis city police have identified the victims as 26-year-old Michael Williams.

Fox those who knew the victim, they say he had a promising career ahead of him as a boxer.

Reportedly Williams   had just left the Chunky Boy Bar and Grill located in the 2900 block of South Jefferson around 1 a.m. when he was attacked.

Police say Williams was located in the rear seat of an SUV with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and legs.

An investigation had revealed that 3 male suspects wearing dark colored clothing approached Williams and briefly and exchanged words.  Investigators say that’s when one suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fired.

Detectives say Williams was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Williams’s trainer says he worked hard everyday training in the ring at Cherokee Recreation Center in south St. Louis.  Williams had competed in tournaments for the USA Ring Side and won a Golden Glove.