Police are investigating the scene of a mass shooting at Edmondson and Whitmore Avenues. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
Eight people were shot, leaving one dead, in West Baltimore Sunday evening as police say a man opened fire on a cookout.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunman approached two cookouts at the corner of Edmondson and Whitmore avenues and began firing indiscriminately into the crowd, striking several men and women. Officers were called to the scene at 5:03 p.m., the department wrote in a news release.
People were shot, leaving at least one dead, in West Baltimore Sunday evening, a Baltimore police spokeswoman confirmed.
Harrison said that one man ran toward the Perkins Square Baptist Church and later died. On May 1, police officials identified the victim who died as 28-year-old Derrell Briscoe. Six of the injured victims — a 58-year-old man, a 51-year-old man, a 30-year-old man, a 29-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman — were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
A police spokeswoman later said an eighth victim, an adult man, walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Harrison added there was evidence to suggest someone shot back, but officers were still piecing together the events.
"At this time suspect information and motive is unknown to investigators," police said in a release Sunday night.
Police identified the shooter only as a black man. Officials made no reference to a suspected shooter being a white man in a white t-shirt and blue jeans, effectively contradicting the swirl of rumors that spread across social media following the shooting.
While the shooting was near two churches — Perkins Square and Doswell Cathedral on Doswell Avenue — Harrison said the shooting did not have any connection to planned events at the two locations.
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.
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