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Man, 27, shot to death in car

The 27-year-old Northeast Baltimore man found dead with a gunshot wound to his head has been identified as Devin Rankin, police said.

Officers were called at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday to the 4600 block of Mannasota Ave. in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood of Frankford. When they arrived they found Rankin dead in a car stopped in a yard of a home on the street, which was less than two miles from his last known address in the 5200 block of Cedgate Road.

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A Devin Rankin, 27, with the same address is listed in online court records as one of seven defendants charged in May as being part of a heroin distribution ring called "Gucci Boys," whose members stand accused of selling the drug in the Frankford and Belair-Edison neighborhoods. The case is still pending.

Rankin was arrested in May and charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and five counts of heroin distribution, according to a Baltimore City State's Attorney press release. His arrest was part of a sweep involving Baltimore police, city prosecutors and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The officials arrested a total of 21 people for heroin distribution in Northeast and in West Baltimore along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, the press release states.

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Rankin was also known in the city as a dirt bike rider who went by the moniker, "Lor Dev." His dirt bike exploits drew him thousands of followers on social media.

City Councilman Brandon Scott said he was driving home Thursday to let his dog out when he noticed the victim's car stopped in a yard of one of the homes on Mannasota Avenue. He said the killing, which happened a mile and a half from his house and just up Moravia Road from Furley Elementary School, was "all-around unfortunate."

"I grew up in Baltimore in the '90s," he said. "You understand that it happens, but you never accept it."

"When it happens in my district, in my neighborhood, I'm going to be a little more angry about it," he added.

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Reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this story.

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