Three people were shot to death and another was wounded Tuesday night near the University of Maryland, Baltimore in what investigators called a "targeted incident," police said.
Two vans, one burgundy and one white, pulled over in the 900 block of W. Fayette St. in the Poppleton neighborhood about 10:30 p.m., police said. Gunmen emerged and opened fire, police said. They said three or four gunmen might have been involved.
"This was not a random act of violence but was a targeted incident," police said in a statement.
Police said two men and two women were shot, and three died. The fourth person suffered a gunshot wound to the buttock and was in good condition, police said.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore, a few blocks east of the shooting scene, was first to report the shooting.
No students were involved and police don't believe there's any connection with the university, President Jay A. Perman said in a message to the campus. He said he was saddened by the violence.
"When tragedy strikes so close to home, we are all affected by it," he wrote. "Let me assure you that there is no higher priority than the safety of everyone who works and studies here, as well as the thousands who visit our campus every day."
Few students are on campus during summer break, spokesman Alex Likowski said. He did not know if any additional security measures were being put into place. He said the shooting took place in an area off campus that the university police do not patrol.
James Gilliard, who lives near the scene of the shooting, said, "It wasn't unusual to happen around here.
"It happens all the time. But when it's females getting shot up, it's just crazy."
Janice Babus, a research technician at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said getting alerts about shootings near the campus has become commonplace.
"I'm almost numb to it," he said.
Cheryl Valentine, 57, was watching a movie while visiting her daughter in Poppleton when she thought she heard firecrackers, perhaps left over from Fourth of July.
When she looked outside, she said, she saw the police tape, the ambulances and three bodies lying in the street.
"It doesn't make no sense what's going on," she said. "The killing needs to stop. We aren't hurting nobody but the families."
About 6,000 students attend the university.
The deaths raise the city's homicide total to 155 for the year.
Police asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.
Last week, police said shots were fired into a vehicle traveling in the 900 block of W. Fayette St., injuring a passenger.