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Multiple Victims After Gunman Opens Fire In The Middle Of A Cookout Outside Baltimore Church

Several people were shot after a gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd that had gathered for Sunday afternoon cookouts at a church in West Baltimore, killing a man and wounding seven other people, authorities said.

According to The Associated Press, the gunfire erupted after 5 p.m. on a block in the city’s western district of brick row homes.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said 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.

One man who was shot collapsed behind a Baptist church nearby and was pronounced dead at the scene, CNN reports. Harrison said initially that six others had been wounded and were taken to hospitals, but he didn’t release their names or their conditions.

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. It was unclear whether the cookouts were related, Harrison said.

The Baltimore Sun reported that bullet casings were found scattered on the ground near grills, and a table still had items on it that appeared to be left from a cookout. Police officers could be seen after the shooting placing small orange evidence markers on the ground, just feet from a barber shop.

Authorities were seeking witnesses among the many present Sunday as they begin to try to piece together details of what happened.

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