Baltimore police charged a 25-year-old man yesterday in last weekend's triple slaying in Waverly and said last night they had launched a search for the suspect.
Otis Edwards III, of the first block of Dowling Circle in Hillendale, was charged in a warrant with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.
Police declined to release other information about the suspect or apparent motives in the Feb. 24 shootings, which stunned the North Baltimore neighborhood and led to increased police patrols.
Killed while sitting in a car were Tony Blizzard Jr., 18, Jamal Fisher, 18, and Donte Weddington, 25. Timothy James, 18, was wounded but survived. A fifth targeted man was not injured. Those shootings occurred after the killings Feb. 18 in the same neighborhood of Dontai Edward, 21, and Brandon Wilkins, 25.
Authorities have not linked the two shooting incidents but said drugs may have been a motive.
Edwards has a lengthy list of arrests over the past eight years, with convictions for misdemeanor theft. His latest arrest was on Dec. 23, when Southern District police charged him with several counts of drug distribution and firearms possession.
He was released on $35,000 bail Dec. 29.
A grand jury indicted Edwards on Feb. 21; no trial date has been set.