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 ST. LOUIS — When police found a man dead in an alley with injuries to his face and chest Friday, they classified it as a "sudden death."

It became more ominous on Saturday, when police said the man, Roger Richardson, 48, of Belleville, had suffered a gunshot wound and his death was a homicide.

Richardson was found in the 4000 block of De Tonty Street about 5:30 a.m. Friday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene just south of Interstate 44 in the Shaw neighborhood, where crime reports are up about 3 % from the same six months a year ago.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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