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1 dead, 6 injured in shooting near Baltimore church

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1 dead, 6 injured in shooting near Baltimore church

They said the victim was highly intoxicated and could only tell police he was shot in the area of Spelman and Bethune. It was unclear whether the cookouts were related, Harrison said.

Earlier, AP reported that police department spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy said authorities received a call shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday reporting that multiple people had been shot.

The adult man who died ran behind a nearby church and collapsed, Harrison said.

Authorities need the public's help identifying the gunman and more possible victims from the "tragic, cowardly" shooting, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a news conference.

"It wasn't anything dealing with the church". Six other victims - a 58-year-old male, a 51-year-old male, a 29-year-old male, a 27-year-old male, a 30-year-old male and a 30-year-old female - were all taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. "I want to make that very clear", acting mayor Jack Young said.

"At this time, suspect information and motive is unknown to investigators", Harrison said in a release.

"Someone knows something", Young said. "These things. they don't happen by happenstance. People know who's going to these shootings and who's targeting different people". There have been reports that the incident took place opposite the church grounds.

Police have closed down the block surrounding the barber shop and the church.

Baltimore has seen a spike in violent crimes since 2015, partially sparked by the death of Freddie Gray that same year.

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