Police are searching for the killer of an Atlantic City man who was gunned down Thursday morning in the city’s Northeast Inlet section.

Joshua Hopewell, 26, was found shot multiple times at about 4:45 a.m. in front of a building on the first block of North Rhode Island Avenue. He had at least one gunshot wound to the head and one to the torso, police said.

Hopewell was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City, where he was pronounced dead some time in the afternoon.

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Hopewell is the city’s fifth homicide victim this year, including a man who was attacked Christmas Eve but died of his injuries in January.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel urged residents to come forward if they know what happened.

“I am asking the people of Atlantic City to help us solve this quickly and let these killers know you won’t put up with this violence any more,” he said.

Hopewell has a criminal history spanning at least a dozen years, when he was sentenced to probation for possession of a handgun when he was 15.

He was one of nearly 50 alleged gang members indicted in 2007 on charges of racketeering, drug and murder conspiracy charges. He served 14 months in prison for racketeering and was paroled in 2009.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666 or the Atlantic City Police Department at 609-347-5766. Information may also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.

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