Four seemingly unrelated shootings in a span of three hours in Baltimore overnight left three men dead and another critically wounded, city homicide detectives said yesterday.
The shootings, which occurred between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. yesterday, all happened along public streets and sidewalks, but police said they have received little cooperation in finding clues or suspects.
All the gunmen ran off or left the scenes by car or bicycle, according to detectives, who had no motives for most of the shootings.
"It had nothing to do with the heat," said homicide Detective Daniel Boone. "It was just a regular night in Baltimore, and we've got three more murders we have to deal with."
The first shooting occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Hollins Street in West Baltimore, where residents heard multiple gunshots after several men had been arguing, police said.
Officers found Charles Allen Bryant Jr., 17, from the Bronx, N.Y., lying in the street with at least one gunshot wound. The youth, who police said had been seen arguing with another man earlier in the day, died en route to a hospital.
Police said the shooting may have been drug-related.
At 11:10 p.m. in another section of West Baltimore, Jay Roy, of unknown age, of the 1600 block of North Appleton Street, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
Mr. Roy's body was found on a sidewalk in the 1800 block of Bruce Street, where witnesses reported seeing him walking just prior to the shooting. An unidentified man walked up to Mr. Roy and fired several shots, police said.
No other information was available on the incident.
Within minutes of the Roy shooting, police were called to the 2500 block of West Baltimore Street, where they found Mark Johnson, 34, of the 2100 block of West Saratoga Street, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Police said they had no motive for the crime and were looking for three men seen in the area at the time of the shooting. One of the men was riding a bicycle, police said.
Mr. Johnson was listed in critical condition last night at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
At 12:30 a.m. yesterday, residents in the 5400 block of Sarril Road in Northeast Baltimore reported seeing a man shot during a possible robbery attempt, police said.
The victim, Sandy Ervin Scott, 30, of the 5000 block of Schaub Avenue, was shot in the torso, police said. Mr. Scott was taken by ambulance to Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he died at 2:30 a.m.
Police said Mr. Scott was seen arguing with two men, who may have been trying to rob him. Some of his belongings appeared to be missing and might have been taken by the men.