10 shot, 3 fatally, amid weekend violence in Baltimore

Over the course of about six hours Sunday night, seven people were shot in Baltimore.

Three men were killed and four were injured in shootings across Baltimore during a span of about six hours Sunday night and early Monday morning, continuing a spate of weekend violence that included three shootings on Saturday.

On Sunday, in what police described as a "heinous" attack in broad daylight, a man was shot and killed running away from a gas station a couple of blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital. On Monday, a cabdriver was killed about a mile to the east, in the city's McElderry Park neighborhood. One of the shootings Saturday took place downtown, about a block from the Inner Harbor.

"Of course we are all aware of the weekend violence," said T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman. "It's something that we're focused on, and we're continually adjusting our deployment strategies to combat the recent spike."

Smith said the department is looking for connections among the shootings. He said "some appear to be retaliatory in response to other violence that occurred this year in the city, but not specifically in reference to other incidents of violence over this weekend."

Police released video Monday from the gas station in the 1400 block of E. Fayette St., in which 23-year-old Demetrius Little was approached by two gunmen around 7:17 p.m. Sunday. The video shows the gunmen running to the gas station with guns drawn; Little is shown pushing through two men near the doors and attempting to run away.

The gunmen "gave chase and shot Little," who eventually collapsed in the 200 block of Douglass Court, police said.

Smith called the video "evidence that we think can help us get to a killer quicker," especially if members of the public come forward with tips by calling 410-396-2100 or 1-866-7-LOCK-UP. "We hope the public is as outraged as we are with this weekend spike and the heinous acts that have occurred."

Smith also confirmed that a 44-year-old man found shot several times inside a car about 12:55 a.m. Monday was working as a cabdriver at the time. The man, whose vehicle had struck a parked vehicle in the 2500 block of Jefferson St., was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He has not been identified.

Don Roberts, officer manager at Red Ball Taxi Cab, confirmed the man was a driver for the company but said he didn't know any details on Monday afternoon.

"I'm a little freaked out," he said. "I'm waiting for the detective to call me."

Smith said police "just don't know the answer yet as to whether or not he was robbed or there was something else that led to the incident."

The other shootings Sunday played out across the city.

A 25-year-old man was found shot in the shoulder in the 1100 block of N. Longwood St. in Southwest Baltimore around 6:45 p.m. He refused to tell police where the incident occurred, police said.

A 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were found around 10:25 p.m. with nonfatal injuries to the hand and buttocks in the 3200 block of Harwell Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

About 10:35 p.m., 36-year-old Deallen Jones was found lying in the grass in the 1400 block of Myrtle Ave. — on the west end of the city's Central District — suffering from gunshots to the head and body. An officer performed CPR until medics arrived, and Jones was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital, police said.

A 29-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of N. Streeper St., also in McElderry Park, about 11:55 p.m., according to police.

On Saturday, a 23-year-old man was shot about 2:50 a.m. in the 400 block of Water St. downtown, just a block from the Inner Harbor. A 28-year-old man was shot in the South Clifton Park neighborhood and a 39-year-old man was shot in the Harlem Park neighborhood.

As of April 16, shootings were up compared to the same time last year by 39 percent. Homicides were up 16 percent, and nonfatal shootings were up 49 percent.

As of Monday, there had been 75 homicides in the city in 2016 — more than at the same time in any of the past five years. The city recorded 65 homicides as of April 25 last year, 54 homicides in 2014, 66 in 2013, 59 in 2012, and 65 in 2011, data show.

Last year's record-setting homicide surge began after the unrest following Freddie Gray's death in April from injuries suffered in police custody. Last year, there were 42 homicides in May and 45 in July.

"We absolutely hope that we don't see anything like that," Smith said.

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