(12/11/06) BEDFORD-STUYVESANT ? Police are trying to piece together events surrounding the brutal shooting of a man in front of his child on Monroe Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

According to investigators, a gunman approached 46-year-old Salodine McCrae from behind Sunday and shot him in the back of the head. Police say the murder took place as McCrae was taking his baby out of the car. Neighbors claim McCrae was a well-liked resident with no known enemies.

Police say McCrae did have a criminal history. However, family members claim he was working as a plumber and trying to get his life back together.