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Fatal shooting Friday is St. Louis' 70th homicide of the year

Fatal shooting Friday is St. Louis' 70th homicide of the year

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ST. LOUIS • The city's 70th homicide of the year came Friday afternoon, authorities say.

Police said a man, 24, was fatally shot about 2:15 p.m. in the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue in the city's Kingsway West neighborhood.

Police said the man was outside with friends when a gunman approached and started shooting.

No other details were immediately available.

It marks the city's 70th slaying of the year, 18 more than on the same date of 2014. Nearly all of the killings were shootings.

• See a map of this year's homicides.

Last year's total was 159, an increase of more than 30 percent over 2013 when there were 120 homicides. 

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