A man and two teen-agers were wounded early today when three men fired at least 38 shots at them as they stood on an East Baltimore street, police say.
Just 2 1/2 hours earlier, police said, a man was shot five times while sitting on his steps blocks away by two armed bicyclists.
Investigators are looking into the possibility the shootings, which occurred in an area known for drug activity and violence, are related. The Police Department's recently formed crime task force has targeted the area.
About 3:30 a.m., three men firing 9mm handguns wounded a man and two teen-agers standing in the 1400 block of N. Caroline St., police said.
Police said the men walked up, opened fire and walked away.
The shooting occurred along a small park area, preventing errant bullets from striking cars and homes, police said.
Ronald J. Taylor, 22, of the 1600 block of N. Bond St., was in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gunshot wound of the buttocks, police said.
Both teen-agers were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment.
Police said a 17-year-old, shot in the left side, left arm and right thigh, was in serious but stable condition.
A 16-year-old was wounded in the upper left arm and was expected to be released today.
The first shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. when Donald Jackson, 22, was shot five times while sitting on his steps in the 1400 block of Holbrook St., just three blocks from the other shooting, Eastern District Sgt. Francis J. Sedlak Jr. said.
Police said two men in their 20s rode up on bicycles, pulled out handguns and started shooting.
The victim was in Johns Hopkins Hospital in serious condition with bullet wounds of the back, shoulder and both legs.
Police said they have no suspects in either shooting.
"There were a lot of bullets flying around and a lot of bodies, but no one was killed," said Sergeant Sedlak.