Ten people, including two teenage boys, were wounded in five separate shootings in Baltimore on Monday night and Tuesday, police said.
The 10 — six men, two women and two 17-year-old boys — suffered a range of injuries, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. Their conditions varied “from critical to stable and soon to be released.”
Most of the gunfire — which included two triple shootings on the city’s west side — occurred between 9:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Monday. It followed a weekend of violence in which seven people were shot — two fatally.
There was another shooting Tuesday afternoon.
Smith said police are “obviously concerned” about the spike in violence and are responding to it.
“Between the weekend and last night, every commander was on conference calls and at work as part of an all-out strategy,” Smith said. “There have been extra deployments placed on the streets in general, and people can ride around in the city and see that.”
One of the triple shootings occurred in the Penrose neighborhood in West Baltimore, which had a homicide over the weekend and a nonfatal shooting last week. The other triple shooting occurred not far away in the city’s Allendale neighborhood.
The shooting on Tuesday also occurred near Penrose.
Smith said police were paying close attention to the neighborhood on Monday, but “unfortunately last night some motivated bad guys were able to get through those deployments.”
For months, Baltimore has seen violent crime trending below where it was at the same time last year, but above the five-year average. Smith said the string of shootings in recent days showed the “propensity for retaliatory violence” in Baltimore once bullets start flying.
The shooting began at 9:15 p.m. Monday with a triple shooting in the 100 block of Allendale St., in Allendale, police said. Police found the victims on a nearby block.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a 26-year-old man was shot in the body, and a 27-year-old woman was shot in the chest, police said. All three were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
About 9:50 p.m., a 23-year-old man was found shot in the back in the 2300 block of Bryant Ave., still on the west side but farther north, in the city’s Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood, police said. He was transported to an area hospital.
About 11:39 p.m., the second triple shooting of the night occurred in the 1900 block of Penrose Ave. in Penrose, police said.
“The victim attempted to flee the location but was shot in the left cheek.”
On Tuesday, officers called to an area hospital about 3:10 p.m. found a 26-year-old man being treated for a gunshot wound to the body. Police believe the victim was shot in the 200 block of Catherine St. in the Shipley Hill neighborhood bordering Penrose.
At 5:40 p.m., officers were called to an area hospital for a report of a walk-in shooting victim: a 28-year old man with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police believe the victim was shot during the earlier incident on Catherine Street.
Smith said police hope all of the victims will survive their injuries.