Seven people were slain in the city early today and over the weekend, bringing the number of slaying victims in Baltimore so far this year to 305, police said.
The killings were the most in the city since 1972, when Baltimore recorded 330 slayings, its highest number ever.
The most recent slaying occurred early today on the parking lot of the Crown service station in the 2000 block of N. Charles St.
City Homicide Detective Thomas Pellegrini said Lamont Clark, 19, of the 100 block of Carlton St. in West Baltimore, was fatally shot during what witnesses have told police was a running gun battle between occupants of two, perhaps three, cars.
He said there are no suspects or motive. Pellegrini said several spent 9mm shell casings were found at the shooting scene.
The shooting victim was wearing a bulletproof vest, but a round entered his right side between the folds of the vest, Pellegrini said.
Three witnesses told police that two or three cars pulled onto the lot of the service station about 3 a.m. and that gunshots erupted from the cars.
Police said the vehicles then drove off. Moments later, the wounded man slumped down in his seat when the car, a late-model Nissan 300 ZX, stopped at St. Paul and 21st streets.
The driver drove his wounded companion to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where Clark was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m. of a gunshot wound. The fatal bullet had entered his right side and had gone through his body.
About 6:05 p.m. yesterday, police found a 21-year-old man fatally shot in the head in the 4500 block of Umatilla Ave. in northwest Baltimore.
Residents of the block told police they heard the sounds of men arguing and then a gunshot.
Pronounced dead at the scene was Darren George, of the 3800 block of Park Heights Ave.
About 6:45 a.m. yesterday, police responded to a call of firearms being discharged in the 1900 block of Edmondson Ave.
When they arrived, they found Kevin Edward Lucas, 28, of the 2500 block of Hollins St., lying face down with multiple gunshot wounds to his face, chest and left arm.
Police said an assailant approached Lucas, pulled out a handgun and shot him. "As he fell to the ground, the suspect stood over him and shot him two more times," an officer said.
Lucas was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 8:45 a.m., police said.
Police said they have no suspect or motive in the shooting.
About 1:30 a.m. yesterday, a gunman fired into a crowd of people standing at Preston Street and Broadway, striking two, one fatally, police said.
Shot in the back was Lorenzo Loney, 17, of the 1700 block of Edmondson Ave. Loney was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he died, police said.
Edward Sampson Jr., 15, of the 1300 block of N. Bond St., was wounded in the back. He remained in critical condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
L James said police have no motive or suspect in the incident.
About 6 p.m. Saturday, a woman was found dead in the second-floor hallway of an apartment building in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place, police said.
Listed as a "Jane Doe," the woman had been stabbed more than 50 times, apparently with a pair of scissors, police said. She still was unidentified today.
The woman, believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"There was evidence of a struggle there," said homicide detective Richard James. "She was dragged to the location where she was found."
Police got a search warrant for an apartment in the building and arrested its occupant, William Snowden, 47, and charged him with first-degree murder. He was being held at the Central District lockup.
Police said Snowden recently was released from prison after serving 10 years of a 20-year term for rape.
Police said they think the killing may have been triggered by a domestic dispute over money.
About 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Diko Holland, 15, of the 2100 block of Chelsea Terrace, was killed at a friend's home in the 2200 block of Roslyn Ave. as he slept, police said.
As police responded to the dwelling after a report of a shooting, they found Holland, who had been shot in the head. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 10:55 a.m. Police said he had been shot with a 9mm handgun.
Claudia McClain, 16, of the 1900 block of Chelsea Terrace, was charged with first-degree murder, police said.
"The victim was in bed at the friend's house when McClain attempted to wake him with a gun," James said. "The gun goes off and shoots him."
Police still haven't determined a motive for the shooting.
On Friday, a 25-year-old Crofton engineer was fatally shot on a Charles Village parking lot after he begged his assailants to spare his life, police said.
David Gordon, of the 1600 block of Carlyle Drive, was accosted as he left his job on St. Paul Street, James said.