BALTIMORE (WJZ)– An active shooter with an assault-style rifle and a handgun led police on a pursuit through West Baltimore for at least 20 minutes, ending with a man being arrested Friday.
“I don’t know what was going through this guy’s mind. I don’t know if he’s just a reckless criminal — hell bent on harming other people — I don’t know if he’s mentally ill, I don’t know if he’s both,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
Police say the suspect was wanted in a triple shooting and was spotted by police on Fulton Avenue. The man then took off and reportedly went on a shooting rampage.
WJZ’s Chopper 13 captured exclusive footage of the chase, including the suspect slamming into a car on Monroe Street, while on Fulton Avenue, the car narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian. At one point, the suspect drove on the sidewalk.
The man fired shots as he drove through the city, shooting a man in the leg on North Avenue and shooting a person in the upper body who was in a vehicle. Officials say the passenger went into cardiac arrest and is in critical condition.
One officer was injured during pursuit and is receiving treatment at a local hospital.
The suspect was arrested in the 1800 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway.
A police officer ran to the car when it finally came to a stop at an intersection. The officer pulled the driver out and wrestled him to the ground.
Baltimore Police Department spokesperson T.J. Smith said the 30-year-old suspect may be connected to a triple shooting Thursday night that left one person dead in the 4400 Park Heights Avenue and a non-fatal shooting last week on Edmondson Avenue.
Two guns were recovered at the scene.
WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta spoke to witnesses at the busy intersection of Gwynns Falls Parkway and Riverbeds Road, one of which who said he had only seen a chaotic chase like Friday afternoon’s in movies.