BALTIMORE – A firearm fired terribly into a crowd that had gathered for Sunday afternoon cookouts along a west Baltimore Street, killing a man and injuring seven other people, authorities and reports said.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the shot broke out after. 17.00 on a block in the city's western district of brick houses. Harrison said a man approached a crowd on foot and began shooting in it, he called "a very tragic, very mistaken shooting." Speaking on stage afterwards, Harrison said that appearances seemed "extremely targeted", but he did not allow motivation.
The shooting comes about six weeks after Harrison's swear last month as Baltimore police officer when he promised to make the city safer and lead the ward through sweeping reforms required by a federal confession. It is a daunting task in one of the country's poorest larger cities, where there were more than 300 murders in each of the last two years. Harrison is the city's 14th police chief since the mid-1990s.
The commissioner said there were two cookouts that took place on opposite sides of the street Sunday and that casings were found in two different places, suggesting that another gunman might have been or someone is shooting back to it. first shooter who fled on foot. It was unclear whether cookouts were related, Harrison said.
A man who was shot collapsed behind a Baptist church nearby and was pronounced dead on stage. Harrison initially said that six others had been wounded and taken to hospitals, but he did not release their names or their relationship. A police force later said a man was killed but did not give his age. It is said that five of the survivors were men aged 27 to 58, as well as a 30-year-old woman.
A political spokeswoman later Sunday evening was quoted by The Baltimore Sun as saying an eighth victim, a man with a shot wound to his leg, went to the hospital. The report did not elaborate.
"It wasn't something about the church. I want to make it clear," Mayor Jack Young said.
Harrison and Young, in appearance with journalists, invited members of the public to help investigators with information on who participated or motives.
"Someone knows something," Young said. "These things … they don't happen by chance. People know who is doing these shootings." The Baltimore Sun reported that ball bearings were found scattered on the ground near grills, and a table still had items on it. seemed to be left by a cookout. Police officers could be seen after the slider by placing small orange evidence markers on the ground, just feet from a hair salon.
Meanwhile, Harrison said the authorities sought witnesses among the many contemporary Sundays when they began trying to gather details of what happened.
Baltimore has been plagued by anti-drug violence for decades and has long been considered one of the country's most violent major cities. The corrosive effect of drug trafficking and a sea of illegal weapons continues to resurrect a desperate repetition of tit-for-tat turf wars and retaliatory attacks in the cities of the city, especially in the deeply desenfranchised areas of West Baltimore.
While City leaders are continuing a stubborn endeavor to reinvent the city into the eyes of potential investors and visitors. Baltimore has been in need of a worrying rise in violent crime since 2015, when the murder fell after the city's worst rioting for decades after the death of a young black man in police custody.
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