Eight people — including two teenagers— were injured in four different shootings the evening of March 12, according to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for BPD said all of the victims are, “varying from critical condition to stable and soon to be released.”
In total, Two women, two 17 year-old boys, and four adult males were shot.
The rash of shootings started with two separate triple shootings that happened between 9:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.
The first triple shooting happened in the Allendale neighborhood of West Baltimore, in the 3600 block of Mulberry St. According to police, at around 9:15 p.m., a 17-year old male was shot in the stomach, an adult male was shot in the upper body, and a 27-year old woman was shot in the chest.
All three victims were taken area hospitals for treatment. As of AFRO press time there was no update on their injuries.
At 9:50 p.m., in the 2300 block of Bryant Ave., police found a 23 year-old shot in the back in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood of West Baltimore. He was transported to an area hospital, no word on his condition.
A little after 11:30 p.m., in the Penrose neighborhood, police said the second triple shooting of the night occurred when two men and a woman were shot in the 1900 blk., of Penrose Ave., also in West Baltimore.
A 24 year old man was shot in the upper body, a 49 year-old man was shot in the cheek, and a 49 year-old woman was shot in the neck.
The 17 year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the cheek, walked into an area hospital a short time later.
The victim said he tried to run when he was shot. The Penrose community was also the sight of a homicide last weekend and another shooting last week where the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Smith said police are “obviously concerned” about the spike in violence and are responding to it.
He also stated police were paying close attention to the neighborhood on March 12, but, “Unfortunately, last night (March 12), some motivated bad guys were able to get through those deployments,” Smith said.
“Between the weekend and last night, every commander was on conference calls and at work as part of an all-out strategy. There have been extra deployments placed on the streets in general, and people can ride around the city and see that.”
Police are asking anyone with information in the shootings to call detectives at 410-396-2221 or call and leave a tip anonymously on the Metro Crime Stoppers line at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.