Baltimore mass shooting: 1 killed, 5 wounded amid gunfire on Lexington street
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: One person has reportedly died and five others are critically injured after 'two or three' suspects opened fire in Baltimore on June 16. The victims were immediately rushed to the hospital where one of them was pronounced dead. According to the reports at least 60 to 70 shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement that there were at least "two or three" people who "began firing into the block" where the victims were "standing and seated." There has been a significant rise in the cases of mass shootings in the country recently. In a similar incident on June 15, a total of eight people were shot during a mass shooting in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. A few days ago, at least 13 people were injured in a shooting in downtown Austin, early Saturday, June 12. On the same day, a man was shot dead and a woman was wounded in a barrage of gunfire outside a Bronx church in New York City.
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This incident took place in the 2100 block of West Lexington. Baltimore PD issued a statement that said, "PIO and Police commissioner Michael Harrison are on a shooting scene in the 2100 block of West Lexington with multiple victims." The police commissioner informed that cops rushed to the scene to find two gunshot victims at the scene, before discovering four others who had been shot. According to the reports, two of the victims were shot in their right arm. The suspects fled the scene soon after causing the bloodshed.
PIO and Police commissioner Michael Harrison are on a shooting scene in the 2100 block of West Lexington with multiple victims.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) June 16, 2021
According to Fox Baltimore, police have said that "The victims include a 16-year-old boy, who suffered a non-life-threatening injury to the arm. Four more victims, a 44-year-old man, a 39-year-old man, a 33-year-old man, and a 26-year-old man, were critically injured." Harrison informed, "What we believe happened at this point is the 6 individuals were in the 2100 block together and there were at least two or three other individuals walking up Smallwood, and when they got to the intersection of Smallwood and West Lexington, began firing into the group."
A local reporter claimed that police were looking for a burgundy Acura in the manhunt for the suspects. However, no official confirmation regarding the alleged shooters has been made public. Footage from the scene showed police attending to a potential victim who was on the floor. Names of the victims and the suspects are not available at the moment.
As of June 16 morning, Baltimore police reported 151 homicides in the city this year, compared with 144 at the same point last year. There have been 310 shootings that were not fatal in the city so far this year, compared with 269 last year.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.