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West Baltimore man becomes 50th homicide victim of 2012

A 34-year-old West Baltimore man became the 50th person killed in the city this year after he was shot in the Druid Heights neighborhood on Saturday.

Phillip Scott died after being shot multiple times in front of a house in the 1900 block of Etting Street, police said Sunday.

Officers responding to a report of shots being fired at 8:20 p.m. found Scott, of the 1800 block of Etting Street, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body, police spokesman Donny Moses said. Scott was take to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m., Moses said.

The shooting happened near the site of a fatal shooting Friday. In that incident, Brandon Simms, 23, was eating crabs at McCulloh Homes in the 400 block of Watty Court around 8:20 p.m. when a gunman walked up to him and opened fire without warning, according to police. Simms, who was shot in the head, died several hours later at a nearby hospital.

In the shooting Saturday, a witness said Scott had been sitting on the steps of a house when the suspect, whom Scott knew, approached, police said. Scott and the suspect exchanged words before Scott got up and attempted to walk away, police said.

The suspect opened fire on Scott before turning and firing toward a person who had been sitting with Scott, police said, adding that the other person made it inside the house in the 1900 block of Etting Street.

Police said they expected to have the suspect in custody soon. Moses declined to discuss a possible motive.

No further information was immediately available.

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