1 dead in double shooting outside Southwest Baltimore business park

Baltimore police were searching for a suspect following a double shooting Thursday morning that killed one man and injured another in Southwest Baltimore.

A police officer witnessed the shooting at about 7:50 a.m. in the 1100 block of Desoto Road in Southwest Baltimore’s Wilhelm Park neighborhood, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. The shooting took place outside the Desoto Business Park at the road’s intersection with Wilmarco Avenue.

The officer, who was in uniform in a marked police car, saw a man in a black Infiniti SUV pull up next to a gray Dodge pickup truck and fire a gun into the truck, striking two occupants inside the vehicle, Smith said.

Drugs were found on the scene, and the victims appeared to be targeted, Smith said.

“Based on every indication we have from witnesses, from the officer on the scene, the shooter specifically targeted this vehicle,” Smith said.

“The officer was right here in the area, he saw this, he gave chase immediately to the suspect, tried to get him in custody knowing a violent crime had just occurred,” Smith said.

Police are searching for a 5-foot-11 black male in his early 20s in the area of Desoto Road and Washington Boulevard, Smith said. The man was wearing blue jeans without a shirt, and had shoulder-length dreadlocks, Smith said.

During the search, some roads in the area were closed and nearby residents were told to stay in their homes because the suspect could be armed. Maryland State Police and helicopter units assisted in the search.

The victims, whose identities were not released Thursday, were taken to a hospital, police spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy said. One man died, and another suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Smith said.

Police said they had no update on the manhunt late Thursday.

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