Rockford Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a killing on the city's west side.

According to a press release, officers received a call early Saturday morning about a suspicious vehicle parked in a yard in the 500 block of N. Avon Street. Upon arrival officers located a Spee-Dee taxi van in a vacant lot with a black male slumped over in the driver’s seat. Officers discovered that this male was deceased and had an apparent gunshot wound to his upper torso.

It was determined that the taxi was sent to an address nearby to pick up a fare. Detectives are treating this incident as a possible robbery and homicide.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notification, but the coroner's office has identified him as a 33-year-old male.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the Rockford Police Department at (815) 966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.