By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has made no arrests in a West Baltimore mass shooting at a cookout on Sunday where eight people were injured and one killed. The violence captured national headlines and once again thrust the city into an unwanted spotlight.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunman approached a group of people having a cookout at the corner of Edmondson and Whitmore Avenues and began firing into the crowd, which included children. Several people were struck, a 28-year-old man was killed.
According to Baltimore Police, they received the call for multiple shots fired at 5:30 p.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they found several victims; a 58-year-old man, a 51-year-old man, a 30-year-old man, a 29-year-old man, two 27-year-old men and a 30-year-old woman. All seven victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. An eighth victim, an adult male, walked into a hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg.
Police identified the shooter as only a Black male. Rumors circulating on social media said the shooter was a white man in a White t-shirt and blue jeans but police said that is not true.
At this time a motive is unknown to investigators.
Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young again called on the city’s residents to step up with any information they may have as to the suspect or motive behind the shooting.
“People know who’s doing these shootings and who is targeting these people,” Young said.
Harrison added there was evidence to suggest someone shot back, but officers were still piecing together the events.
Bullet casings were scattered around grills and a table with food in the 2500 block of Edmondson Avenue in the Western District just before 5:00 p.m. where police cornered off the crime scene.
Although the shooting took place near two churches- Perkins Square and Doswell Cathedral- Harrison said the crime had no connection to the churches.
Harrison called the shooting “very cowardly” and said the shooting “appears to be extremely targeted.”
Young added the department had “a very robust deployment strategy” this weekend and will continue to look for witnesses to speak because “many people were out here” during the shooting.