A man shot in an ambush as he walked up a Brooklyn stoop was killed on his 45th birthday, heartbroken relatives and friends said Tuesday.

Ahmad Perkins, known to his friends as “Excel,” was shot in the head as he vaulted up four steps leading to a multifamily home on Empire Blvd. near Lamont Court in Crown Heights about 10:40 a.m. on Monday, police said. It was Perkins’ birthday.

“I grew up with homie … he was family… he was probably the most influential person from my block during the 90s,” longtime friend Eli Malach wrote on Facebook. “If you were from Brooklyn and you ain’t know him personally, nine times out of ten you were taking part of something that he started.

A man shot in an ambush as he walked up a Brooklyn stoop was killed on his 45th birthday, heartbroken relatives and friends said Tuesday.

Ahmad Perkins, known to his friends as “Excel,” was shot in the head as he vaulted up four steps leading to a multifamily home on […]

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