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Man found dead from multiple gunshots in West Baltimore

At the spot where a man was gunned down Thursday night outside a West Baltimore liquor store, someone placed an open Bible.

It was opened to Proverbs 25, and one of the men milling around the store leaned over and read aloud: "If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink. For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee."

The shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Fremont Ave. in the Harlem Park neighborhood. The man, whom police haven't identified, was pronounced dead at the scene five minutes later.

Rayonnin Ford, 42, went outside after hearing the gunshots and saw the man, whom she knew as only "Flat Top," suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. It was clear he wasn't going to make it, she said.

Ford placed a teddy bear, balloons and flowers around the open Bible Friday morning. "He was a good guy," she said. He'd gotten out of jail just the day before he was shot.

"Who got killed?" people asked Ford as they passed by the corner.

"Flat Top," Ford told one man.

"Stop playing," he responded. "Wow."

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting and asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.

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