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Police Ask for Help as Victim of Fatal South L.A. Shooting ID’d

An early morning shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles left a 34-year-old man dead Friday, police said.

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Police tape ropes off the scene of a fatal shooting in South Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting was reported around 2 a.m. in the 5300 block of South Budlong Avenue (map), according to Detective Chris Barling with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victim was later identified as Ray Lewis Rice, an LAPD news release stated Friday afternoon. He was found face down and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

He had been found dead on the sidewalk, Barling said. No weapon was found at the scene.

Police asked for the public’s help identifying the shooter.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the LAPD at 213-485-1383. Afterhours calls should be directed to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or text to 274637, beginning the message with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.