A man was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his back in southern Baltimore early Thursday morning, police said.

Around 1:30 a.m., officers discovered the victim in the 3600 block of 9th Street. He was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Early police investigation showed that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached from behind by an unknown male who fired one round at him with a handgun. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said.