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11 injured, 3 killed in shootings in Baltimore since Friday

Baltimore police said 11 people were injured and three were killed in shootings across the city since Friday night, continuing a deadly start to the year.

The violence has prompted Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to redeploy officers, including putting more officers on patrol and moving gang and other special units to areas of the city where violence is the worst, he announced at a news conference last week.

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At a news conference about a program to install free smoke alarms across the city Saturday, Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke out against the violence.

"We've got to make our city safe. I am so tired of the gun violence. I've been on the job less than 50 days, and the number of guns that are on our streets are out of control," Pugh said.

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Early Sunday, two men were wounded in a shooting at the parking garage outside Horseshoe Casino, police said. That incident followed two homicides elsewhere in the city.

About two hours earlier, in South Baltimore, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the 3400 block of S. Hanover St., police said. He died at the hospital.

And about 20 minutes before that shooting, in West Baltimore, a 31-year-old man was found wounded by gunfire in Mondawmin, police said. The victim was found on the ground in the 1900 block of North Monroe St. He died at the hospital.

On Saturday, police were called shortly after 10 p.m. to the 3800 block of Edmondson Ave. in Edmondson Village, where they found a 51-year-old man shot in the thigh.

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Also Saturday, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg near the intersection of Lasalle and Anntana avenues in the city's Frankford neighborhood. He went to a hospital, where police were called about 7:50 p.m. The victim told them four masked men in a white Honda Accord with tinted windows followed him as he walked. He said they got out of the car to rob him, and he was shot when a struggle ensued.

In another shooting, police were called to the 1000 block of East 25th Street at about 4:42 p.m. Saturday, where they found a 39-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Less than 10 minutes later, a 19-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. Police believe he was injured in the same shooting. They said he told police he didn't remember where he was shot and would not speak to detectives.

Three male suspects were seen fleeing the shooting scene, police said.

On Friday, three teenagers were injured about 10 p.m. in Brooklyn in South Baltimore, where police said they have beefed up patrols. Police also said that a bullet pierced the window of a fire station in the area Thursday night, but no one was injured.

In the shooting Friday night, police said a sergeant on patrol near Fifth Street and Maude Avenue heard gunfire and began searching the area when police found 17- and 18-year-old males suffering from gunshot wounds that weren't life-threatening.

A third victim, a 17-year-old boy wearing a mask, was attempting to flee the area when he was spotted by the police helicopter. Police said he was uncooperative and refused to let medics treat his wound.

About 21/2 hours earlier, at 7:39 p.m., police were called to a shooting in a Royal Farms gas station parking lot in the 1800 block of Washington Blvd. in Carroll Park.

Police said a 33-year-old man had been shot and was attempting to speed away from the scene in a vehicle but was stopped by police. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

At the scene, homicide detectives were reviewing surveillance footage inside the gas station. Behind crime scene tape was a small silver vehicle that had its windows shot out.

The occupants of the vehicle were questioned by police Friday night.

At about the same time officers were called to the Washington Boulevard homicide, police were called to a shooting in the 800 block of Kevin Road, just north of Edmondson Avenue.

Officers found a 34 year-old man who had been shot in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

About 5:27 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of W. Lexington St. in the Poppleton neighborhood in West Baltimore, where a 29-year-old man had been shot in the back. He was taken to an area hospital.

"The number of shootings occurring in our communities and neighborhoods make us all feel unsafe, and we want a safe city, but the only way that happens is if people put the guns down," Pugh said Saturday, urging residents to "value life."

Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford expressed concern about the rise in violence at the same news conference, noting that Fire Department medics respond to treat shooting victims.

"It's really frustrating and hurting to our people — my firefighters — to see people who are broken up and shot up over nothing, quite frankly. This needs to stop," Ford said.

Police did not release any information about motive or possible suspects in the shootings. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Sun reporter Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.

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