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Man Opens Fire on Crowd at Baltimore Cookouts

7 wounded, 1 killed in 'very cowardly' shooting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2019 12:30 AM CDT
Police work near the scene where authorities say several people were shot, at least one fatally, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – A gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd that had gathered for Sunday afternoon cookouts along a west Baltimore street, killing one person and wounding seven others, authorities says. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says the gunfire erupted after 5pm on a block in the city's western district of brick row homes. Harrison says a man approached a crowd on foot and began firing in what he called "a very tragic, very cowardly shooting." Speaking at the scene afterward, Harrison said the shooting appeared "extremely targeted," but he didn't provide a possible motive, the AP reports. One man who was shot collapsed behind a Baptist church nearby and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The commissioner said there were two cookouts taking place on opposite sides of the street Sunday, and that shell casings were found in two different locations, indicating that there may have been a second gunman, or someone firing back at the first shooter, who fled on foot. Harrison and acting mayor Jack Young urged members of the public to help investigators with any information as to who took part or a motive. "Someone knows something," Young said. "These things ... they don't happen by happenstance." The shooting comes roughly six weeks after Harrison's swearing-in last month as Baltimore police commissioner, when he promised to make the city safer and lead the department through sweeping reforms required by a federal consent decree. (Read more Baltimore stories.)

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