A Northwest Baltimore mother looked on in despair last night as a white van from the medical examiner's office took away the bloody body of her son, who had been shot to death in the street -- the city's third homicide victim of the day.
Detectives identified the victim as 21-year-old Darren George of the 3800 block of Park Heights Avenue. They had no motive for the killing, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the 4500 block of Umatilla Avenue, a narrow residential street off Reisterstown Road.
Neighbors said they heard voices raised in argument, then a series of gunshots. When they emerged from their homes, they saw the victim curled up on the street.
The police were summoned, and then an hour and a half later, Mr. George's mother arrived in a car with other relatives.
"That's my son. That's my son," she screamed, walking toward the body. But police kept her away and sat her back down in the car.
Another woman, who had come to the neighborhood to visit her mother, stood in the midst of the confusion, shaking her head in disbelief.
"I've seen this kind of stuff on the news, but I've never seen a real body lying on the street like that," she said.
"This is reality. It's so sad."
In the first of yesterday's shootings, 28-year-old Kevin Lucas was shot several times in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore about 1:30 a.m., officers said.
Mr. Lucas, of the 2500 block of Hollins Street, died at the scene, and detectives said they had no motive for the shooting and no suspects.
The motive was also unknown in a shooting at the corner of Preston Street and Broadway in East Baltimore that claimed the life of a 17-year-old youth and seriously injured a 15-year-old.
Just before 7 a.m., police said, a gunman walked into a group of youths standing at the intersection and opened fire.
Dead at the scene was Lorenzo Looney, of the 1700 block of Edmondson Avenue. Officials said Edward Sampson, of the 1300 block of Bond Street, was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Meanwhile, homicide detectives brought charges yesterday against a 47-year-old Baltimore man in the fatal stabbing of a woman who was found dead Saturday night in a Bolton Hill apartment building.
William Robert Snowden of the 1800 block of Eutaw Place was charged in the death of the unidentified woman, who was found in a second-floor hallway of the apartment building about 6 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Detectives said that the woman was stabbed more than 50 times and that it appeared that the killer had attempted to dismember her. Police said the woman was in her late 20s or early 30s.
Detectives said the woman did not live in the building.