Retired man gunned down in Irvington

Police: It could be a case of mistaken identity

BALTIMORE - Another neighborhood , another murder scene.

Residents along Walrad Street in Irvington are the latest in the city that can recount a familiar soundtrack from a January in Baltimore.

"I heard a bop…bop, bop, bop.  Then after that I heard a fire truck and then I heard an ambulance."

The next day there was barely a trace of what happened, only just a small piece of crime tape on the street and a sad and ominous sign on parked truck to avoid a ticket reading: my dad passed last night and the police have the keys.

Allan Foster is this city's 25th murder victim.

Neighbors tell us he is a retired man who had no dog in the violent fight going on in Baltimore these days.

Sources say Foster wasn't the target of the shooting, possibly a grave and disturbing case of mistaken identity on a dark street.

"He was outside, clearly the detectives are going to be looking at everything that happened during this crime, walking through piece by piece to put together as many clues as they can.  Clearly part of that is going to be talking to the community," Baltimore Lt. Eric Kowolczyk said.

And homicide detectives were out doing just that Friday morning, canvassing the neighborhood and trying to talk to Foster's family at their home on Walrad Street.

Homicides have been making headlines all month, but now they come to Irvington leaving residents with their own questions.

"You can see how it is right now, it's quiet.  If somebody is going to shoot and kill somebody, why would they kill a 56 year old man?  I don't know why," asked one resident.

It is a question that not only applies in Foster's murder, but one that still isn't answered in the majority of the 26 murders logged in the first month of 2014.

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