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Southwest homicide is Baltimore's 25th killing this month

A 56-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Southwest Baltimore Thursday night, and victims of two other shootings walked into area hospitals, police said.

Homicide detectives were called to a shooting in the 4100 block of Walrad St., a side street in the city's Irvington neighborhood, just before 7 p.m. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Andre Coleman, 36, waited anxiously outside police tape as detectives examined evidence in the middle of the street. He said he is friends with the stepson of the man who was shot.

"He's a real good guy who minds his own business," Coleman said of his friend's stepfather.

Coleman said the victim worked as a roofer and was always generous in trying to help others: "He even tried to get me a job."

"He never messed with nobody," Coleman said. "This city is crazy."

With 25 murders in the city in 30 days, January 2014 has seen a sharp uptick in the city's homicide rate, the highest in a year's opening month since 28 people were killed in January 2007.

Anyone with information in the shooting may call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100.

Police were also investigating two gunshot victims who walked into area hospitals. The first man came in at 5:42 p.m. after being shot in the stomach. Detectives determined he was shot in the 2100 block of W. Lexington St. He was scheduled to undergo surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition.

At 9:14 p.m., another man came to a hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe he was injured in a drive-by shooting in the 1200 block of Woodbourne Ave. He was listed in stable condition. Police believe the car was white but have few other details.

No suspects or motives were identified in any of the three shootings.

Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin George contributed to this report.

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