The Hennepin County medical examiner's office ruled today that the death earlier this week of a 31-year-old man in the Willard-Hay neighborhood was a homicide.

The man, 31-year-old Marcus Tyrone Hunter, of St. Louis Park, died Monday of a gunshot wound to the chest, in front of a house in the 2300 block of Russell Avenue North, authorities said.

His body was found slumped over in a vehicle outside the house by officers responding to a shots fired call in the area shortly after 2 p.m. Authorities were not immediately able to determine when the crime took place.

Police spokesman John Elder declined to release additional information Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation.

The slaying, the city's eighth of the year, capped a bloody week in Minneapolis with with three homicides and numerous non-fatal shootings.