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The body of the victim, later identified by police as Terrance Esaw of Brooklyn, lay sprawled across the sidewalk between the street and fenced-in yard in front of a two-family house at 111-38 134th St., across the street from the Frederick Judge playground. He was found and pronounced dead at about 11 a.m. by emergency medical services personnel, police said. Evidence markers for seven bullets or casings littered the ground around a white subcompact car parked on the street which hid the body from view from certain angles but also seemed to be what the shooter used to hide while firing.By late Tuesday, no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing, police said. About a dozen teens who said they knew Esaw gathered, sending text messages back and forth from their Sidekicks, at the corner of 134th Street and 111th Avenue to watch the detectives work. Several girls looking on at the scene called him Quamekke - the boys referred to him as Terror - and said they had no idea who would want him dead or why."Terror didn't do nothing. He's quiet," said one boy who did not give his name."I was on my way home and a friend called and said he got shot, but she didn't say he got killed," said a girl named Dominique. "I just saw him yesterday. He used to like me."Her friend, who did not give her name, said Esaw was a good guy."He was just a real nice person. Anything he had, he gave it to you," the friend said.Some of the girls wiped away tears as they watched detectives search for evidence around the young man's body, which remained uncovered until the medical examiner arrived at 1:30 p.m.The shooting stunned neighbors, who said the area is usually quiet.A resident of the house where the shooting took place said the day's events were not typical."I'm not new to the neighborhood, but I'm new to somebody getting killed in front of my house," said the man, who gave his name as Cecil.Another neighbor from 111th Avenue said the fact the shooting occurred in daylight was unusual.Anyone with any information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).Reach reporter Alex Christodoulides by e-mail at achristodoulides@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

Updated 6:58 pm, October 10, 2011
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