Five people, including a man who was shot by the 13-year-old son of his girlfriend during an argument between the couple, were slain over the weekend in Baltimore, police said.
Police said no arrests have been made in at least four of the incidents, all of which were unrelated.
Late Saturday, Dennis Louis Wilson, 37, of the 1900 block of N. Collington Ave., was arguing with his girlfriend inside the couple's home when the woman's 13-year-old son got a .22-caliber rifle and shot Wilson several times in the head and back, police said.
Wilson was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 8:15 p.m. yesterday, police said.
Police said the youth was detained for questioning and then released into his custody of his father. Investigators planned to talk to the state's attorney's office today to discuss possible charges. Pending unusual circumstances, a 13-year-old normally is charged in such cases as a juvenile, police said. Age 14 usually is the cutoff for adult homicide charges, police said.
The latest homicide occurred between 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. yesterday, when the body of Marvin Odell Willis, 25, a warehouseman for a trucking company, was found on the dining room floor of his apartment in the 400 block of Yale Ave., police said.
Police said the body was discovered by the victim's girlfriend, Jacqueline Parran, 24, of the same address.
Willis, the father of three children ages 1 to 5, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
Homicide Detective Mark Tomlin said Willis' children, two girls and a boy, were with their mother.
Tomlin said there were no signs of forced entry into the home and no signs of ransacking.
Police said one of several bullets fired in the Willis slaying penetrated a front window in the home of Joseph Lumpkins, who lives next door to the victim.
Lumpkins said he knew the victim for about a year but didn't know much about him. "We'd stop and talk to each other for a few minutes when we met outside, but that was about all," he said.
Police said gunshots were heard Saturday night in the vicinity of Willis' home, but nothing was reported to police until after the victim was found yesterday afternoon.
Shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday, police responding to a report of a shooting found the body of an unidentified man lying in the playground of Johnston Square Elementary School in the 1100 block of Valley St.
The victim, 25 to 30, had been shot several times in the head and back, police said. He was wearing a blue windbreaker with a green hood.
Police said the man's fingerprints were taken at the state medical examiner's office to identify him.
An attempted armed robbery in the 2700 block of W. North Ave. around 10 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of James Nathaniel Madison, 27, of the 1900 block of W. North Ave.
Homicide Detective Chris Graul said Madison and a friend, Keith Munson, 28, of the 1100 block of N. Ellamont St., were walking together when they were stopped by a man with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun who demanded their money.
Police said before Madison could give up his money or valuables, the gunman fired one shot, hitting Madison in the left side of the chest.
Munson then grappled with the gunman, who broke free and escaped, police said. Munson was not injured.
Madison was pronounced dead at the scene.
The weekend's first homicide occurred late Saturday morning in the 900 block of N. Broadway.
Police said the victim, Linwood Vernon Richardson, 44, of the 900 block of N. Broadway, was arguing with a man about 11 a.m. when the man pulled out a handgun and shot Richardson in the left side.
Richardson was rushed by ambulance to nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 2:25 p.m., police said. The gunman escaped.