Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Chaos on a busy Baltimore street when gunfire breaks out in the middle of the afternoon. Two men are shot and the gunman is still on the loose.
Meghan McCorkell has the developing investigation.
It was a shootout in broad daylight as a police officer witnessed the gunman unleashing a hail of bullets. Now, police are trying to hunt down the suspects.
It’s a scene witnesses describe as a madhouse.
“I heard the shots. It was like boom, boom, boom, boom,” one witness said.
A gunman standing on North Avenue near Druid Hill Avenue opened fire on two men walking down the sidewalk. A police officer just around the corner heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene.
“The patrol officer was in uniform. He confronted the suspect at which time the suspect got into the vehicle with at least one other individual,” Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore City Police Department said.
The officer fired on the suspects but they got away in a silver car.
A WJZ crew captured video on their cell phone just moments after the shootout. Police swarmed the area. The two targets of the gunman were both shot.
Witnesses say one of the shooting victims staggered over to a gas station parking lot where he collapsed.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene as paramedics frantically worked on that man. The other victim fell right on the sidewalk.
“I saw one gentleman on the ground. There was a police officer tending to him,” said a witness.
Both men were rushed to the hospital. Now, a manhunt is on for the shooter and his getaway driver.
“If you witnessed this, if you have any information on who the suspect or suspects are, to please contact police,” Silbert said.
There’s a plea for answers as the neighborhood cleans up from this terrifying ordeal.
Police have found a car that they believe may be involved in the shooting. It is unclear if it is that getaway vehicle.
WJZ is still trying to get more information about the conditions of those two shooting victims.