Within a three-hour period ending early yesterday, three people were fatally shot in different parts of Baltimore, raising the city's homicide toll to 79.
The string of shootings broke an atypical lull for homicides in the city; a killing had not been recorded since April 12. There were 80 killings in the from Jan. 1 to April 12 last year, police said.
The first shooting happened Wednesday about 9:45 p.m. Kevin Randall, 45, was found in the 200 block of N. Mount St. with several gunshot wounds to his torso, police said. Witnesses told detectives that Randall had left his home and was going to a liquor store, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Randall was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about an hour later. At the time of his death, Randall was on probation for a narcotics conviction, police said.
The second shooting occurred about an hour later. Police found Johnnie James, 25, in the 300 block of S. Bentalou St. in West Baltimore. He had been shot in the head, police said, and was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he died.
Harris said that James, of the 3000 block of Frederick Ave., had been arguing with two people.
The third incident - a double shooting - happened just after midnight in the 2400 block of Seabury Road, in Cherry Hill. Two men were shot and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
One of the men, Christopher Wayman, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The second man was shot in the back and was in critical condition at Shock Trauma.