Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating two killings late Sunday night and a third that occurred Monday, while two other people were reported shot and wounded.
The violence continued a recent uptick for the city, with four people killed over the weekend and May concluding with 23 homicides. The previous three months, February, March and April, recorded a total of 30 killings, and for the year police statistics show violent crime remains down nearly 20 percent.
Only one of the victims from Sunday night or Monday was identified by police, who did not provide possible motives or detailed accounts of the incidents.
The latest killing occurred about 3:50 p.m. Monday in the 3700 block of Cottage Ave., in the Park Circle neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore. Police said a 22-year-old man was shot multiple times near a community center and elementary school, and died at an area hospital.
About 20 minutes earlier, about 3:30 p.m., a 25-year-old man was taken by a private car to a hospital after being shot in the 4500 block of Manorview Road, an area in Southwest Baltimore's Uplands neighborhood where a week earlier a man was shot in the back and two people were stabbed with broken beer bottles at a Memorial Day gathering.
On Sunday night, a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, police said. Police said Barron Mccree was discovered about 11:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of N. Fulton Ave., police said. He lived one block south, police said.
At 11:49 p.m., officers found a man fatally shot in the head in the 100 block of S. Kossuth St. in Southwest Baltimore. His name was not released by police Monday.
The Kossuth Street killing occurred just around the corner from where Eric Howard, 47, was fatally shot early Saturday. The Police Department's Southwestern District has recorded the most homicides of any police district this year, with 13.
A man also was reportedly shot in the arm and chest in the 300 block of S. Calhoun St. in Mount Clare about 2 a.m. Monday. Police said the injuries were not life-threatening.