BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are looking for a silver Honda possibly linked to a mass shooting in Baltimore Tuesday night. Seven people were shot in the Madison Park neighborhood of the city just before 6:30 p.m.
Commissioner Michael Harrison said the city has seen an uptick in violent crimes since Friday, including the mass shooting in the 300 block of McMechen Street Tuesday night.
Five people were transported to area hospitals via medics and two took private cars to the hospitals for treatment. All seven are in serious but stable condition.
The victims are a 37-year-old woman, a 17-year-old boy, three 20-year-old men, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man.
Harrison said they are looking for a silver Honda Accord with a black front fender that was seen in the area. Police said the suspect, who was armed with a rifle, was dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask when he fired into a crowd gathered at the corner of Eutaw and McMchen Streets around 6:27 p.m.
An officer, who was on patrol in that microzone, did confront the man as the man was fleeing the scene.
“Our officer was not armed with the level of deadly firepower this individual had,” Harrison said. “The officer did discharge his weapon but it’s unclear if he struck any suspects.”
The officer suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Detectives learned the man exited a light-colored, possible silver, older-model Honda armed with a rifle-style firearm. The suspect allegedly opened fire then retreated to the car.
The vehicle was last seen speeding away northbound in the 1600 block of McCulloh Street.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and heed orders to stay home after multiple people were shot Tuesday night amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence.
“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently,” Young said. “We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”
“It could be your mother, you, your grandmother, one of your relatives, so take that into consideration and put down the guns,” the mayor said.
Baltimore reported its fifth positive coronavirus case Wednesday.
For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it,” Young implored. “We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”
He urged people to put down their guns because “We cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus. And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives. So take that into consideration.”
As crime continues, the police department is increasing staffing in the areas where crime has increased.
“This incident remains open and under investigation,” Harrison said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2411, (410) 396-2300, or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.