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Matthew V. Wood Jr., 43 (left), and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18. (Photos/Baltimore City Police Department Handout)

Police say a father and son shot and killed by two Baltimore police officers were planning a “mass shooting” in East Baltimore.

Matthew V. Wood Jr., 43, and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18, were preparing what could have been a mass shooting, according to police commissioner Kevin Davis.

“We could have had a mass shooting on our hands where several innocent lives could have easily been taken,” said Davis at a press conference on April, 1.

Police identified the policemen that fired the 56 shots as Officer Norman Jones and Sergeant Joseph Wiczulis. Police indicate that no shots were apparently fired by either Wood or Johnson.

Wood and Johnson are both from northeast Baltimore, and each has a history of gun charges.

Wood was sentenced to probation for three months after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in October and Johnson was free on a $100,000 bail awaiting trial on charges of possessing a firearm as a minor and possession with intent to distribute a controlled or dangerous substance, among other charges, according to court records.

Wood and Johnson were reportedly affiliated with the Black Guerrilla Family gang.

Johnson graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School last year, a representative for the school confirmed, and would have turned 19 April 4.