Three men were killed in separate shootings in Baltimore over five hours yesterday, pushing the city's homicide total for the year to 55, police said.
The first shooting occurred about 10 a.m. when a gunman walked into a Northwest Baltimore carryout restaurant and opened fire, hitting two male customers, police said.
Both victims at Pimlico Fried Chicken in the 3700 block of W. Belvedere Ave. were rushed to Sinai Hospital, where one died and the other was listed in serious condition, police said. The gunman fled in a maroon minivan.
Police withheld the victims' identities pending the notification of relatives.
Two-and-a-half hours later, a second man was killed about a mile away. Police said that two men wearing ski masks approached a man in the 4200 block of Reisterstown Road and that at least one of them fired a handgun.
The victim was hit several times and died at the scene. He had the same last name as the man fatally shot in the earlier incident, but they are not related, police said.
Police said they were investigating whether the two shootings might be connected.
About 3 p.m., a man sitting on the steps of a rowhouse in the 1200 block of N. Bond St. in East Baltimore was shot twice in the head, police said. The unidentified man died at the scene.
At this time last year, the city had recorded 49 homicides.
Also yesterday, police identified the victim of a shooting in East Baltimore late Thursday as 25-year-old Damon A. Martin of the 600 block of N. Milton Ave.
Martin was shot several times while he was either sitting in a car or just outside one about 9:45 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Collington Ave., police said.
He tried to run away but collapsed in the street, police said, and later died at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to call homicide detectives at 410- 396-2100.