Though yesterday's cold, driving rain kept many people indoors, it did not slow the increase in violence that has marked the opening days of the new year.
Three men were shot, one fatally, about 2:15 p.m., three blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was the city's 11th killing in the first seven days of 2009 and the sixth in the Eastern District.
After a 17 percent drop in homicides last year, Baltimore is in the midst of one of its worst stretches of killings since Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III took control of the department in mid-2007.
Anthony Guglielmi, a Police Department spokesman, said police plan to increase patrols in the Eastern District, with an emphasis near public housing and "other target areas that we feel are hot zones."
In yesterday's shooting, police responding to a call found two men on a sidewalk at North Bond and East Eager streets in the Gay Street neighborhood in East Baltimore. The dead man had been shot multiple times. The other man had been shot in the face and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in serious condition, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.
A third man was shot in the leg and was found in a house, police said. He was in good condition yesterday at Hopkins, Harris said.
Police said they knew of no motive and had no suspects in the shootings.
Crime scene technicians worked in the rain yesterday afternoon, collecting evidence, including a thermal sweater that had been cut open by medics. The Eastern District, which is supplemented by a team of officers from the department's Violent Crime Impact Division, saw a decline in shootings and homicides last year.