Two unidentified men were shot to death in unrelated incidents early today and late last night, police said.
The latest slaying occurred in the 1800 block of Stoddard Alley between McCulloh Street and Druid Hill Avenue and was discovered by two officers about to make a series of drug arrests in the area.
The other slaying took place on Biddle Street in East Baltimore.
Both victims were listed as "John Doe" pending efforts to identify them through their fingerprints at the state medical examiner's office.
Police said two Central District officers were about to take part in drug arrests around west North Avenue near Druid Hill Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. when one of them found the man's body lying in the 1800 block of Stoddard Alley.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was neatly dressed and had some money in his pockets and was wearing jewelry and a watch.
He was shot at least once in the head shortly before he was found and was pronounced dead at the scene by the crew of a city Fire Department ambulance.
Police said the man's hands were still in his pants pockets when his body was found, indicating to them that he was shot while talking or standing with someone he knew and probably trusted.
Several bystanders thought they recognized the man and gave police first names, including "Blackey," "Mike," and "Bob."
In the earlier slaying, police responding to a report of a shooting in the 2300 block of E. Biddle St. around 10:30 p.m. found a man lying in the street bleeding from at least one bullet wound.
The man was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.