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.


“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.