Eight people were shot in five separate shootings around Baltimore yesterday afternoon, including a 33-year-old woman shot in the forehead on the front steps of her home and two people struck by bullets fired into a basketball game.
Police also discovered the body of a 21-year-old man yesterday morning who was believed to have been shot several times and killed Tuesday night. The man, identified as Dwyan Lee Coleman of the 2300 block of Nevada St., was found in a vacant house in the 2600 block of Maisbury Court.
Police said yesterday's violence began about 2 p.m. with a shooting in the 1500 block of Spring St. in East Baltimore, where a group of men were playing basketball at a recreation area.
Two unidentified men walked up to the players and pulled out handguns, opening fire on the crowd, police said.
Shot in the back was Reggie Adams, 24, of the 900 block of Duncan St. He was listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Reynard Morris, 16, of Llewelyn Avenue, was shot in the leg and was in good condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Three men were later arrested in the 900 block of E. Biddle St. and were to be charged in the shooting.
About 15 minutes later in the 600 block of N. Aisquith St., outside the Old Town Mall, three youths were wounded in another shooting that followed an argument inside the mall, police said.
Among those wounded were Dana Carr, 20, of the 1700 block of E. 28th St., who was shot in the back, and Travis Cock, 14, of the 1500 block of May Court, hit in the upper right leg, police said. Another victim, Erica Barnes, 17, of the 1200 block of Maple Leaf Court, was shot in the left ankle, police said.
Police said the three victims were all expected to survive, but officers had no information on which hospitals they were taken to.
At 3:05 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Gilmor St., police went to investigate a report of a shooting and found 33-year-old Juzell Dobbins, who lives at that address, lying on the front steps, police said.
Ms. Dobbins had been shot once in the forehead, police said. She was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in critical condition last night.
Police said they had no witnesses to the shooting.
Police also responded to another shooting in the 1600 block of Llewelyn Ave. late yesterday afternoon, but they were unable to provide any details other than that the victim was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Also, about 6:55 p.m., an unidentified man was shot in the mouth after being confronted by two men at the corner of Laurens and Monroe streets, police said. The man's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Police said the city now has 74 homicides so far this year, compared with 70 at this time last year.