An intense manhunt for the assailants and a call for a stop to violence in the city and throughout the country were sparked by multiple gunmen opening fire at a crowded block party in south Baltimore early on Sunday.
The shootings left two people dead and 28 others injured. A 20-year-old male and an 18-year-old woman were slain, and at least two survivors were in serious condition, according to acting police commissioner Richard Worley.
Late on Sunday, seven additional patients were still hospitalized.
Four of the victims, who were aged between 13 and 32, were under 18, according to Worley.
To try to identify culprits, police analyzed video and spoke with witnesses.
The details of the gathering were not immediately known, according to Worley, who claimed that the block party organizers had not secured city permission.
After the area was rocked by gunshots just after 12:30 a.m., he called the crime scene “huge” and said that many streets were still roped off after more than 15 hours.
Worley stated, “We know there were at least two shooters.” “We don’t know if they were targeting or just firing down the street without any particular aim.
According to Mayor Brandon Scott, “every single city agency” would aid the area in its rehabilitation.
He pleaded for anyone who may have information to come forward. I want those responsible to hear me very clearly. We will not stop until we find you, and we will find you,” Scott said.
This was a reckless, vicious crime that happened here that has irrevocably affected many lives.”