Two men were killed and a third injured in two shootings that occurred just hours apart in Belair-Edison overnight, while another man was seriously wounded in a shooting on Belair Road on Saturday morning.
The double-fatal shooting occurred in the 3200 block of Chesterfield Ave., a quiet well-kept residential block, at 2:56 a.m. Saturday. Police found the victims lying in the street, where 37-year-old Lerell McBride was pronounced dead by medics.
Robert Joseph Adams, 38, was taken to a hospital, where he was also pronounced dead.
Residents heard gunshots, but detectives had little information about what led to the shooting. Adams, who had been living out of state, returned to Baltimore recently to care for an ailing relative, according to police.
"So far it's a 'whodunit,'" said spokeswoman Nicole Monroe.
The killings were the 290th and 291st of the year, as the number of homicides continue to far outpace last year's.
Several hours earlier, at 11:54 p.m. Friday, police were called just a block away, to the 3100 block of Chesterfield Ave., for sounds of a firearm discharging.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood and found the victim nearby in the 3100 block of Kenyon Ave. Police said the 28-year-old victim was shot in the knee and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Detectives later determined that the shooting occurred in the 3000 block of Kenyon Ave.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, a man was shot in the 5500 block of Belair Road, in front of a row of businesses. The man was shot multiple times and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Due to the severity of his injuries, homicide detectives were assigned to the case.
Police were also investigating a nonfatal shooting that occurred during a robbery in Northwest Baltimore. It occurred just before midnight Friday in the 4000 block of Rogers Ave., where a 30-year-old man told police that he was approached by two armed men who robbed him and then ordered him to disrobe.
One of the robbers then shot the victim in the leg, police said. The victim sustained a graze wound. The assailants fled north on Rogers Avenue.
Anyone with information on the homicides is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Those with information on the other shootings are asked to call citywide shooting detectives at 410-396-2466. Those with information on any of the crimes who want to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.