Two dead, 28 wounded in mass shooting at US party

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At least two people were killed and 28 wounded in a mass shooting at a street party early Sunday in the US city of Baltimore, police said.

Officials said more than one assailant opened fire at the celebration in Baltimore, a port city about an hour’s drive north of Washington which has one of the highest homicide rates in America.

The motive for the latest chapter in America’s gun violence crisis was not immediately known, and police appealed for anyone with information about who was responsible to come forward.“Treat this as if it was your daughter, your son, your brother, your cousin that was out here, shot at this event,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.

“We must come together as Baltimore and wrap our arms around this Brooklyn community and each other,” he said, referring to the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

One 18-year-old woman was found dead at the scene and a 20-year-old man died after being taken to hospital, a police statement said.The victims range in age from 13 to 32, said acting police commissioner Richard Worley. As of Sunday afternoon, all but nine of the 28 wounded had been released from hospitals. Some remained in critical condition.

“Our officers continue to scour the very large crime scene,” Worley said. “This was a huge crime scene. We’re talking about multiple blocks.”Scott said the incident “highlights the impacts and the need to deal with the over-proliferation of illegal guns on our streets and the ability for those who should not have them to get their hands on them.”“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 said.

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