Whoever the men were who killed Quentin Curtis Love, they must have really wanted him dead, because they chased him for several blocks in Reservoir Hill, firing at least 26 shots from their 9mm pistols, finally hitting him in the back.
Mr. Love, 28, was one of three men killed during a three-hour period late Tuesday and early yesterday, bringing to 116 the number of homicides this year in Baltimore -- eight more than at this time last year.
One of the other men was killed while he sat in a late model Nissan; the other was found lying dead in an East Baltimore gutter.
Mr. Love, who lived in the 4800 block of Midline Road, was released from prison in 1985, having served three years of a six-year sentence for killing a 15-year-old girl in a game of Russian roulette.
Yesterday, witnesses told police two men started chasing Mr. Love in the 700 block of Druid Park Lake Drive.
Mr. Love, who had a .32-caliber handgun in his pocket, tried to escape, running through several alleys before collapsing in the 2400 block of Callow Avenue at 1 a.m. He died less than an hour later at University Hospital.
Four cars were damaged by bullets fired by the gunmen.
Just minutes before Mr. Love's slaying, Damon Lamar Peterson, 21, was shot and killed as he sat in a 1987 gold Nissan parked near the George B. Murphy Homes housing project in the 700 block of George Street.
Police Agent Arlene K. Jenkins said at least one person walked up to Mr. Peterson and shot him four times, hitting him in the neck and in the eye.
Mr. Peterson lived in the 1000 block of Flagtree Lane in Pikesville.
About 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, police found the body of Walter Bruce Ransom, 35, in a gutter in the 1600 block of East Oliver Street.
Mr. Ransom, who lived in the 3600 block of Delverne Road, had been shot once in the upper left back.
Police said they have no suspects in the three slayings. They have labeled only the Love killing as drug-related.