Three fatal shootings over the weekend in Baltimore

Three people were fatally shot in Baltimore over the weekend amid a spate of shootings, inching the city's homicide count closer to 200 as the year comes to a close. 

After this past weekend, 192 have been slain in the city, down 11 percent from the same time last year. Police didn't provide motives and haven't made arrests in any of the weekend cases.

The first killing occurred Friday night in the 2200 block of Elsinore Ave. Officers were called there at about 9:10 p.m. and found 23-year-old Lawrence Edwards, who had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, Silbert said.

Officers had been called to the area about an hour earlier for reports of a shooting, but did not find Edwards at that time, two law enforcement sources said Friday night. Silbert confirmed that police had initially received a call for shots fired at 7:53 p.m.

The second occurred Saturday night, at about 10 p.m. Police said Jeffrey Smith, 32, was walking out of a 7-11 in the 4400 block of Belair Road when a masked gunman approached and shot him. He was later found in the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave., just around the corner, and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police didn't know a motive in the case.

Then, early Sunday, at about 12:45 a.m., 27-year-old Dayon Barnes walked into Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives believe that Barnes was sitting in a car in the 200 block of N. Smallwood St., in the Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach area, when he was shot. He was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and died at about 1:45 a.m.

Last year, Barnes was charged with being part of a money counterfeiting operation, and one of his alleged co-conspirators was fatally shot by police during the arrest. Those charges were dropped in February.

In addition to the fatal shootings, a cab driver was also robbed and shot in Hampden

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