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At least seven dead, 14 injured in weekend gun violence

At least seven people died and 14 others were injured in shootings over the past three days in Baltimore, prompting city law enforcement officials to convene a crime-fighting "war room" days after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired the city's police commissioner.

Incidents were spread widely across the city, with shootings reported each of nine police districts.

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In a news conference late Sunday, officials said they had identified several criminal groups that were driving the violence. Rawlings-Blake called for an "all-hands-on-deck" approach to quell the surge of violence that has continued since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died in April after receiving a spinal cord injury while in police custody.

The strategy comes four days after she fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts saying questions about his leadership had become a distraction in the crime fight. The 42 homicides that occurred in May made that the city's deadliest month since 1990, and police reported 29 homicides in June.

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Two people died and two were injured in three incidents Friday. That included a double shooting in the 5100 block of Park Heights Avenue in Central Park Heights.

At least two people died and five people were injured in seven separate incidents spread across the city Saturday. The victims included an 18-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body in the 4300 block of E. Wabash Ave., in the Towanda-Grantley neighborhood.

Violence increased Sunday, with 10 shootings across the city, including at least three homicides.

A 33-year-old man died and a 35-year-old woman was in critical condition after a double shooting in the 2100 block of East Eager Street in the Middle East neighborhood. And a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg in the 4900 block of Park Heights Ave., just blocks from the site of a double shooting that occurred little over a day earlier.

Police offered little information about the shootings over the weekend, which were under investigation.

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