Six people were wounded in separate triple shootings in Baltimore late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And late Thursday, two more men were shot in the city, bringing the total to eight shooting victims in a 24-hour span.
With the often violent Memorial Day weekend approaching, police spokesman Lt. Eric Kowalczyk said officers would be stepping up checks on known violent offenders and increasing uniformed and plainclothes deployments "so we're not seeing incidents like this throughout the weekend."
Police say a 26-year-old man and two women, ages 29 and 46, were shot Thursday morning in an alley off the 4900 block of Curtis Ave. in Curtis Bay. Detectives were examining the alley as well as the inside of a small commercial garage.
"It's too early to know" a motive, Kowalczyk said. He said the victims were in "good" condition and expected to survive. A description of the suspect was not released.
Ron Jenkins stood near the crime scene. He said he's watched the neighborhood go from "bad to worse to what it is now." He said neighbors rarely see police patrols.
Curtis Bay has been the scene of three shootings and one robbery this year, according to police statistics.
Three people were shot, one of them gravely wounded, Wednesday night in the 1100 block of N. Monroe St. in West Baltimore, about three blocks west of the Western District police station.
One victim was shot in the head and listed in grave condition at an area hospital, police said. Homicide detectives were investigating.
A second victim was shot in the chest and was listed in critical but stable condition, police said. Another was shot in the leg.
The attack occurred about 11 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday morning, remnants of crime scene tape remained on fences and street signs on Monroe Street and nearby Appleton Street. The block features a large graffiti memorial for Robert Hopkins, who police say killed himself in January after a crime spree that included two killings.
Police did not release the names of any of the victims in the shootings Wednesday or Thursday.
But they did identify a man who was shot to death Wednesday morning in the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace, in the Greenspring neighborhood: Davon McLaurin Sr., 37.
That case remains open. Police asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.
The number of homicides in Baltimore this year — 71 — is nine fewer than at the same time last year.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin George and Colin Campbell contributed to this article.