WATCH: 1 Killed, 6 Injured After Gunman Opens Fire on Cookout Near West Baltimore Church — Developing…

Seven people were shot, leaving at least one dead, in West Baltimore Sunday evening as police say a man opened fire on an outdoor cookout.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said an unidentified black man approached two cookouts at the corner of Edmondson and Whitmore avenues and began firing indiscriminately into the crowd, striking several men and women

Harrison said that one man ran toward the Perkins Square Baptist Church and was found dead later. The six other victims were taken to area hospitals, and Harrison did not have information as to their condition.

He added there was evidence to suggest someone shot back, but officers were still piecing together the events.

Police officials did not say that the suspect was a white man wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, contradicting the swirl of rumors that spread across social media following the shooting.

While the shooting was near two churches — Perkins Square and Doswell Cathedral on Doswell Avenue — Harrison said the shooting did not have any connection to planned events at the two locations.

Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young again called on the city’s residents to step up with any information they may have as to the suspect or motive behind the shooting.

“People know who’s doing these shootings and who is targeting these people,” Young said.

Officers established a crime scene around the 2500 block of Edmondson Ave. in the city’s Western District shortly after 5 p.m., a police spokeswoman said.

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SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun