At least two people died and dozens more were injured in a shooting at a block party in Baltimore early Sunday, the police said.
Just after 12:30 a.m., officers received multiple calls for a shooting at 800 Gretna Court, in Baltimore’s southern neighborhood of Brooklyn, the city’s acting police commissioner, Col. Richard Worley, said at a news conference on Sunday morning.
An 18-year-old woman was found dead at the scene, and shortly after, a 20-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital, the police said in a statement. Multiple other people received gunshot wounds, Colonel Worley said, and three were in critical condition. Nine people were taken from the scene to hospitals, and 20 more took themselves to hospitals in the area, he added.
“This morning, all of Baltimore is grieving,” Brandon Scott, the city’s mayor, said at the news conference, calling the shooting a “reckless, cowardly act.”
Colonel Worley said that investigators were reviewing video to try to identify a suspect.
“We will not stop until we find you,” Mr. Scott said.
He added that the shooting highlighted the need to address the “over-proliferation of illegal guns on our streets, and the ability for those who should not have them to get their hands on them.”
In 2022, Baltimore recorded more than 300 homicides for the eighth consecutive year, despite new initiatives from city officials. In the first half of 2023, there had been 138, according to The Baltimore Sun.