Baltimore police are investigating four shootings that occurred since Wednesday night, the latest in a spate of violence across the city.
An 18-year-old male was shot in the head Thursday morning in the 3400 block of Elmora Ave. in the Four by Four neighborhood in East Baltimore.
Officers responded shortly after 11:30 a.m. and found the victim, who was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in grave condition, police said.
Homicide detectives are investigating because of the severity of his injuries. Police asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Ena Brown, 43, said she was with a neighbor when they heard the shots and ran to the victim.
"It was heart-wrenching," said Brown, who recognized the man but did not know him. "I stood over top of him and said, 'Baby, just pray.'"
She said the city's violence is due in part to the lack of play areas and recreation centers.
"They don't have anything to do but hang out on the corner," Brown said, adding that young people often feel they have no choice but to join gangs. "You'll get swallowed up in it if you're not strong enough."
Phyllis Moody, 73, said she heard shots down her street and immediately reached out to family members to make sure the victim wasn't one of her own.
"Everything has deteriorated. You think things can't get no lower, and then you turn on the news," said Moody, who has lived in the area for 38 years. "People have no appreciation for human life."
This month the city has recorded 42 homicides, matching the level in May. Moody said such numbers lack meaning to the suffering families of victims.
"If even one person is dead, how is that a better year?" she said, adding that she has little faith in government and law enforcement to turn things around. "It's not going to get better. ... Only Jesus Christ can make the difference."
About 7 p.m. Thursday, a man was shot in the back in the 1600 block of Bruce Court in Sandtown-Winchester in West Baltimore, police said. His condition was not released, and no further details were immediately available. Western District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2477.
Police are also investigating a shooting Wednesday night on Frederick Avenue in West Baltimore.
Officers found a 34-year-old man with wounds to the back and arm just after 10 p.m. in the 4900 block of Frederick Ave. in the Ten Hills neighborhood.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, police said.
Southwest District detectives are investigating. They ask that anyone with information call 410-396-2488 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
On Thursday night, police were called at 10:15 p.m. out to another shooting at a Shell gas station near the Edmondson Village Shopping Center at Edmondson Avenue and Old Frederick Road.
Officers found a 29-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
He was taken area hospital where he's listed in grave condition. Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, homicide detectives are investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.