At least two people were killed and 28 injured in a mass shooting early on Sunday in the US city of Baltimore, according to officials.
Acting Police Commissioner, Rich Worley, said during a press conference that police received many calls of a gunshot shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday (04:30 GMT) in the city’s Brooklyn neighbourhood in Maryland state.
“When officers arrived, we discovered multiple victims with gunshot wounds,” Worley added.
According to him, one adult woman was found dead at the scene, and nine other people were evacuated from the scene to surrounding hospitals.
Twenty more people were sent to hospitals in the area, according to the commissioner.
The other deceased victim was an adult as well. He stated that three people are in critical condition.
According to Worley, investigators are seeking identification of a suspect and uncover the motivation for the shooting.
“This is an absolute tragedy that did not have to happen, stated Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott at a press conference.
“It once again highlights the impacts and the need to deal with the over-proliferation of illegal guns on our streets.
“The ability for those who should not have them to get their hands on them, Scott said.
“We will not stop until we find those cowards who decided to just shoot dozens of people, causing two people to lose their lives,” he stated.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the United States has the greatest rate of gun deaths of any developed country, with more guns than residents — 20,200 in 2022.