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The death of a man whose body was found inside a burning vehicle behind a Summerville-area apartment complex earlier this week has officially been ruled a homicide. 

Robert Rutlin Jr., 20, of Ladson, died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday of a gunshot wound, the Charleston County Coroner's Office said Thursday. 

Few details about the incident were available. 

Deputies responded to a call for shots fired around 10:30 p.m. near the Water at Magnolia Bay Apartments located off U.S. Highway 78, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said. When they got there, they eventually came across a vehicle on fire in a wooded area behind the apartments. 

Rutlin's body was found in the driver's seat, authorities said. 

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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