CONCORD, N.C. -- Police were investigating the first homicide of the year in Concord early Thursday morning.

Investigators said it happened just before 5:00 a.m. at 228 Academy Avenue.

Officers told NBC Charlotte they found a man in the backyard of a home with multiple gunshot wounds. 27-year-old Sergio Culbertson was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center Northeast where he later died.

Photo: Concord Police Dept.

Detectives believed the suspect and victim knew each other, but no arrests had been made as of 9:15 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Concord Police at 704-920-5000 or Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME.