Five people were killed and eight injured in five separate shootings over the weekend, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said yesterday.
He said police believe three of the incidents may be connected.
Cash, who heads the Central Detective Unit, said the first incident took place shortly after 10:20 p.m. on Friday on Avocado Street in Pinewood Gardens.
He said when officers arrived they met two victims, an adult female and an adult male, both with multiple gunshot wounds.
He said the man was pronounced dead on the scene by Emergency Medical Services, and the woman was taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.
In the second incident, which happened shortly after 10:45 p.m. on Friday on Key West Street, off Robinson Road, three people were shot – two men and a woman.
Emergency Medical Services pronounced one of the men dead at the scene and the other two victims were taken to the hospital, where the second man later succumbed to his injuries.
The third incident took place just after 10:50 p.m. on Friday, when police were called to a shooting on Balfour Ave and Washington Street, where two women were found with gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the hospital and are receiving medical attention.
The fourth incident took place shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday on Blueberry Hill in Fox Hill, where officers found three men with gunshot wounds.
One man was pronounced dead on the scene. Cash said the other two had only minor injuries.
In the fifth incident for the weekend, a man was shot outside a night club on St. Albans Drive shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday.
Cash said the man had just left the nightclub and was walking to his vehicle when he was approached and shot by a known gunman.
He was taken to the hospital where he died shortly afterwards.
Cash said they suspect that the Avocado Street, Balfour Avenue and Blueberry Hill incidents are related, but police are still at an early stage in their investigations and have yet to identify any victims.
“We also want to caution members of the public,” he said.
“In some of the incidents, people were just hanging on the side of the street. We want to say to people to be cognizant of how they hang out, and look for things that are not in the norm. Look out for things that don’t look regular. For example, if you see a vehicle that is strange in the neighborhood.”
He added, “All of our resources are out there. We have officers on the ground. We are trying to identify the suspects [in] these incidents.”