Five people were shot on North Eutaw Street, near the intersection with West Saratoga Street, at about 3:30 p.m. Friday in Downtown Baltimore near Lexington Market and received medical treatment at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Baltimore Police.
The victims are men aged 38, 41, 55, 58 and 63. One walked to a nearby hospital, according to a press release, and the other four were taken from the scene by medics.
Moments before the shooting, police officers arrived at the intersection to relieve another officer who had been posted on the street.
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Multiple shots were fired after two people began arguing, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who gave a briefing at the scene.
One of the two men that were arguing pulled out a gun and shot into a crowd of people, Harrison said. Police believe the individual was targeting one person in particular, who was shot, but “four other individuals were also struck as a result,” Harrison said.
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“We believe only one person, at this time, was the intended target, but this is an active and fluid investigation,” Harrison said.
A small pile of clothing and baseball hat lay at the intersection behind crime scene tape.
Many people were at the intersection when the shooting occurred, according to Harrison, and police officers saw people running around the 200 block of North Eutaw Street after they heard gunshots.
Groups of spectators had gathered around the scene after the intersection was closed off by police.
Anyone with information are urged to call Central District shooting detectives at 410-396-2411 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP so they can “find this shooter, hold this shooter accountable,” Harrison said.
Police are also reviewing video footage from local businesses. They do not have a description of the suspect, who fled south on Eutaw Street, Harrison said.
“This is a very brazen act,” he said. “They are not afraid of arrest and jail, and they are not afraid of dying.”