Three teens were killed in a shooting in North Baltimore late Thursday night, and two men were injured in another incident Friday morning, Baltimore police said.
Officers on patrol in the area of York Road and Willow Avenue, just south of East Cold Spring Lane, heard gunshots at about 10:40 p.m. They found three shooting victims at the intersection of Willow and Alhambra avenues, a few blocks away in the Wilson Park neighborhood.
One died at the scene. Two other victims were taken to area hospitals, where they died, police said.
Police recovered handguns from two of the victims, and the circumstances of the shooting were unclear.
Police said one victim was 17 years old and the other two were 19, but did not release their names. The victims were being widely mourned on social media Friday.
A motive or suspect description was not available.
The killings marked 16 homicides in the first 13 days of August. In addition to the three teens, three other people have been killed this year in about a five-block stretch in the Wilson Park and Richnor Springs neighborhoods.
Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the violence does not deter him: "I strengthen my resolve," he said Friday.
City Councilman Carl Stokes, who has said he's "seriously considering" a run for mayor, sent out a statement "calling on the perpetrators of violence whoever you are to stop the killings immediately." He said the spike in crime was "no anomaly."
"We have to take some responsibility for the many lives that are being lost by black men and women killing other black men, women and children. There is no excuse and it must end," Stokes said, adding that "mutual respect from law enforcement and elected officials" should also be demanded.
Two more people were injured in separate shootings Friday, according to police.
A 20-year-old man was taken to a hospital after he was shot in the knee around 12:20 a.m. the 400 block of N. Chester St., several blocks east of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The victim told police he was in the block when he was shot by an unknown person.
At 9:15 a.m. Friday, a man in the 500 block of N. Hilton St. in Lower Edmondson Village flagged down officers, telling them he had been shot by an unknown person during a robbery.
He told officers the shooting occurred in the 3500 block of W. Franklin St. in West Baltimore, just south of Edmondson Avenue. The gunman fled the scene.
The victim was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest and was in surgery Friday morning, police said.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Davis said recent efforts, including the department's "war room" and pairing city homicide detectives with federal officers, are aimed to decrease the violence, but he said progress would take time.
"We just got to keep at it until we identify the small number of folks in the city who are wreaking havoc."