Brandon Simms, 23, was shot in McCulloh Homes Friday night
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Three people were killed over the weekend in Baltimore, including two shootings separated by a half-dozen blocks in the city's Central District.

Police said Monday that Clarence Nicholson, a 31-year-old man who was reported to be shot Saturday at about 11:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Rayner Ave. in West Baltimore, died a few hours later. Police had said Saturday afternoon that Nicholson was shot in the stomach and listed in serious condition, but he died from his injuries at about 1:30 p.m.

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Details about the shooting were unavailable and police said it remains open. At the scene Monday, balloons were tacked to a door across the street from where Nicholson lived. A brother, sitting and holding a cane, said Nicholson liked animals - particularly pigeons - and had been laid off recently. He said he had no idea why anyone would want to shoot his brother.

In addition to Nicholson, police reported that a man was shot and killed while eating crabs in a housing project courtyard on Friday night, while another man was killed about seven blocks away the following night.

Brandon Simms, 23, was killed in the 400 block of Watty Court, in the McCulloh Homes project where there have been a spate of shootings this year. Police said he was eating crabs with friends when a gunman approached and opened fire. Sitting on a porch next door to Simms' home, a man who decllined to be identified said Simms was well-liked and had a young child.

"It's bad when anyone goes before their time, but especially when they get murdered," the man said. He said Simms' family hadn't been seen since the shooting.

On Saturday night at about 8:30 p.m., 34-year-old Phillip Scott was killed in the 1900 block of Etting Street after getting into an argument with a man while sitting on a front stoop of a home, police said. The shooting is not believed to be connected to Simms' killing, authorities said.

Fifty-one people have been killed in Baltimore as of Sunday, compared with 53 at the same time last year.

All of the cases remain open and anyone with information was urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100, where they can remain anonymous.

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