"All I can tell you is that the police are doing their jobs and making their arrests of these violent offenders and doing their investigations. Judges are doing their jobs, keeping these offenders locked up," said Mosby, a former assistant state's attorney in Baltimore and the wife of City Councilman Nick Mosby. "The state's attorney's office needs to seal the deal."

Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office, said Bernstein has taken steps to keep criminals off the street, including creating a "special victims unit" that he says engages in "evidence-based prosecution" when victims recant.

"The state's attorney's No. 1 priority is combating violent crime, particularly repeat violent offenders," he said. "The results are showing that we are making progress. We have a lot to do, as this most recent weekend demonstrates, but we're making progress."

Mosby also wondered why Bernstein hasn't been more vocal during the recent crime wave.

"At the end of the day, it's absolutely ridiculous you have the mayor under pressure, you have the police commissioner and no one's asking where the state's attorney is," she said. "He's nowhere to be found."

Cheshire said Bernstein "has routinely shared our efforts to combat violent crime and make Baltimore safer by participating in community meetings, talking to residents one-on-one and speaking to the press."

He noted that Bernstein had met with East Baltimore residents and done two media interviews amid the recent spate of shootings.

Also Thursday, police identified another victim of the recent violence. Terrell Mack Eddie McLaurin, 33, was killed Tuesday in the 2900 block of Gywnns Falls Parkway.

The shootings early Thursday took place just blocks away from the site of that incident, further distressing the people who work and live nearby.

Sunin Im works behind a plexiglass-protected counter in a windowless red-brick building in West Baltimore called Kims Liquor store. Despite the protection, she said, she doesn't feel safe.

Littered around the nearby parking lot of an EZ Mart convenience store at Poplar Grove Street and North Avenue in Walbrook were more than 10 Baltimore police field interview form cards that were folded into little tents to serve as makeshift shell markers.

Blood drops stained part of the drive-through lot between two of the markers in mid-morning as two homicide detectives in suits canvassed the sidewalks for clues and people to interview.

"Of course I'm worried," she said. "I'm scared."

On Thursday night, three women were taken to area hospitals after being shot in the 3300 block of Elmora Ave., police said.

Maj. Richard Worley of the Northeast District said there were 50 to 100 people outside who likely saw the shooting and encouraged them to come forward.

"We can't accept this," he said. "We need the citizens' help."

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Carrie Wells contributed to this article.

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