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4 dead in shooting, explosion near Baltimore

Four people are dead and one person was injured after a shooting and explosion occurred in a townhouse located in one of Baltimore's suburbs on Saturday.

The Baltimore Sun reported that police did not give a motive for the shooting or a cause for the explosion during a press conference at the scene on Saturday, while explaining that the situation was contained.

One of the people who died was the man allegedly responsible for the shooting, 56-year-old Everton Brown, who was confronted and shot by officers outside the burning buildings, according to police. Officials said the incident was captured on bodycam footage.

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“That threat was neutralized,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said at a news conference, according to the Sun. “At that point, firefighters were able to address the fire.”

One man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Sun, while two other victims died at the scene.

The incident occurred in the township of Woodlawn, located a few miles west of downtown Baltimore.

Photos of the incident showed one building with nearly its entire side gone as a result of the explosion, while firefighters battled the remnants of the blaze.