Three men were shot to death last night and early today in the Baltimore in unrelated incidents and two men were wounded in a wild gun battle, city police said.
The latest slaying occurred shortly after 3 a.m. at a playground off the 900 block of W. Saratoga St. in West Baltimore.
Police said the victim, Harry Dunnock, 26, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St., was sweeping the playground when a man walked up and shot him five times in the back.
5l In Northeast Baltimore, a man was shot to death shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1600 block of Veney Court at Hollander Ridge apartments.
The victim, Antonio Burrell Morrow, 24, of the 1700 block of Opinkett Court at Hollander Ridge, was shot twice. Police said they found $100 on the victim and "numerous" bags of crack cocaine.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Central District police responding to a report of a shooting at the George Murphy Homes in the 1000 block of Argyle Ave. found the body of Pierre Lipton Burrows, 34, of the 5000 block of Denmore Ave. in Pimlico, in a second floor stairwell.
Police said Mr. Burrows had been shot several times during a drug-related robbery.
About 6:20 a.m. today, police arrested Rodney Allen Williams, 16, at his home in the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Ave., and charged him with first-degree murder.
The number of city homicides stands at 187, 24 more than for this same time last year when 304 slayings were recorded. The record number is 330, set 20 years ago.
Two men were wounded just before 3 a.m. today in a gun battle in the 800 block of Lennox St. in Reservoir Hill.
Police said a man with a sawed-off shotgun left a house, went up to a crowd and threatened to shoot any one who moved.
Three people from the crowd pulled firearms and fired at the man while running across a courtyard.
One errant shot went into the bedroom of a nearby resident who was not injured.
Larry Smith, 21, of the 400 block of Roundview Road, and Myron Owens, 18, of the 2100 block of Callow Ave., were wounded. Mr. Smith was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center with a gunshot wound of the right side while Mr. Owens was treated for a shotgun wound at University of Maryland Medical Center and released.