Gunman opens fire in Baltimore crowd, killing 1 person and injuring 6

A gunman in West Baltimore opened fire into a crowd on Sunday evening, killing one person and wounding six others, according to The Associated Press.

The shooting occurred around 5 p.m. on Edmondson and Whitmore avenues, according to Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison.

Two cookouts were in progress on opposite ends of the street and shell casings were found in two different locations, suggesting either a second gunman or someone firing back at the first, according to Harrison.

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Harrison called the incident “a very tragic, very cowardly shooting” and said it appeared to be “extremely targeted” but did not otherwise elaborate, according to the AP.

The one fatality, a man who collapsed behind a Baptist church, was declared dead at the scene, while the other six victims were taken to hospitals.

Acting Mayor Jack Young emphasized that the shooting did not involve a church that is nearby. He urged anyone with knowledge of the suspect or their motive to come forward.

“Someone knows something,” Young said, according to the AP. “These things ... they don’t happen by happenstance. People know who’s doing these shootings.”

Harrison, the city’s 14th police commissioner since the mid-1990s, was sworn in last month amid promises to reduce the city’s crime rate. Baltimore saw more than 300 homicides in each of the past two years, according to the AP.