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Three killed, two injured in violence overnight, police say

Three men were killed and two others injured in a spate of violence overnight Monday, Baltimore police said Tuesday.

The latest killing occurred just before 11 p.m., when officers were called to the 700 block of Mello Court in East Baltimore, just blocks from the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus. Officers found Shaun Stewart, 38, shot in the back near his home. Police said he was taken to Hopkins, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Police also are investigating the death of 83-year-old Charles Ervin, who was found by firefighters who responded at about 8:45 p.m. to a blaze at Ervin's home in the 3300 block of The Alameda.

Police said Ervin's body showed signs of trauma, and they believe the blaze was arson. But a police spokesman said it remains unclear whether Ervin died as a result of the trauma or the fire.

At about 9 p.m, officers were called to a shooting on the 4800 block of Midline Road in the northeast neighborhood of Frankford, where they found a man who had been shot. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, died at the hospital, police said.

So far this month, police have recorded 22 homicides. There were 45 people killed in the city last July, the most in one month last year and one of the city's deadliest months on record.

Police also were called to two nonfatal shootings.

At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, officers were called to the 2100 block of Germania Ave., just east of Harford Road in East Baltimore, for a shooting. Officers found a 27-year-old man who was shot in the left leg, lower abdomen and lower back. He was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

The victim told investigators he was walking in the 1400 block of Darley Ave. when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside the vehicle announced a robbery. The masked suspect then pulled a gun and fired at the victim.

At 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to a 7-Eleven in the 6700 block of Brentwood Ave. in southeast Baltimore, near the county line, where they found a 29-year-old man who had been shot in the back.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for a non-life-threatening injury, police said.

He told investigators he was in the 6200 block of Bessemer Ave. when the suspect drove up in a black Nissan pickup truck and they used drugs together. The victim told police that he and the suspect got into an argument and the suspect pulled out a handgun and him as he attempted to flee.

Police on Tuesday also identified two victims killed Saturday.

Jamal Eaton, 24, of the 2700 block of Pelham Road was killed in a shooting in the 1400 block of Retreat St. in Penn North on Saturday morning.

And Jenna Manuel, 24, was shot and killed Saturday night while sitting in a vehicle outside her home in the 600 block of Maude Ave.

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