BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police in Baltimore are investigating after an overnight shooting outside of iVilla Lounge left seven people injured.
Police were called to the 200 block of Park Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a shooting.
When officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to the shoulder and hip, an 18-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to both legs, a 27-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and a 17-year-old suffering from gunshot wounds to the back and leg.
Police said officers were still at the scene when they were told a 22-year-old man and another 17-year-old walked into area hospitals for treatment for gunshot wounds.
Police also said a seventh victim arrived at an area hospital shortly after 7:30 a.m. for treatment for a gunshot wound.
Detectives are now looking for two shooters and three to four suspects who drove up to iVilla Lounge and fired 19 rounds.
Police said they recovered the suspect’s burned-out car in Cherry Hill and are now trying to match up witness accounts with surveillance video to track down the people responsible.
“The criminals are just brazen,” Baltimore Police Col. Rich Worley said. “This guy gets out of a car with a rifle, not even a handgun, and walks up the street and opens fire on a line of people.”
This was one of eight shootings in the city this weekend. On Saturday, officers were called to North Milton Avenue to Madame D. Beauty Bar where someone walked inside the salon and fatally shot a woman.
“We do know that there were people present at the time,” Baltimore Police Col. Sheree Briscoe said. “So, anyone that may have seen anything, anything at all, to please share that information.”
The second fatal shooting was on North Linwood Avenue where a 21-year-old man was killed.
Mayor Jack Young released a statement about the violent weekend in Baltimore:
“The level of violence late into this weekend is completely unacceptable. We have teams of officers working non-stop to identify suspects and bring the shooters to justice. We can never get to a place where this type of bloodshed becomes normal. All of Baltimore stands committed to eliminating these horrific acts of violence. I beg anyone who might have information about these latest shootings to please reach out to the police. We must work together to end senseless shootings in our City. I’m also asking all of Baltimore to continue to pray for the victims and their friends and families.”
Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott also released a statement, saying in part:
“These are stories of of young people whose lives were cut short too soon, of children who will grow up without their parents, and of families who will be spending time in the hospital this holiday season praying for the speedy recovery of their loved ones.”
Central District Shooting detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2411 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.