1 dead, 7 injured after mass shooting at cookout near Baptist church: Officials

Shots rang out near a Baptist church in Maryland this weekend in a mass shooting that left one victim dead and another seven injured, according to officials.

According to WJZ, the incident happened in a West Baltimore neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.

Though initial reports did not confirm the shooting had any connection to the nearby church, some local leaders noted the detail in their comments on the matter.

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Baltimore city councilman Brandon Scott tweeted a short time after news of the fatal incident broke.

“7 people on a Sunday right by a church?” he wrote. “Must be better. All of us.”

Police indicate a cookout was taking place at the location of the shooting in the 2500 block of Edmonson Avenue.

A spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department said the attack occurred at roughly 5 p.m., according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In an initial statement, Chakia Fennoy was unable to provide additional details including a possible motive or the conditions of the surviving victims.

As CrimeOnline has previously reported, the incident comes just one day after a deadly shooting at a California synagogue left one dead and three others — including the rabbi — injured.

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