1 dead in Baltimore shooting 3; related car accident injures 2 young children

Shootings in Baltimore that killed a man and injured two other adults on Saturday night were part of a “high casualty incident”, the city’s police chief said.

One person was arrested for questioning and police were still trying to determine whether the person would be named as a suspect or a victim, authorities said at a news conference on Saturday evening.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison described a chaotic scene in the city’s Upton community, where ShotSpotter sensors alerted police to gunshots at 6:39 p.m.

He said it appeared a gunman or possibly more than one armed suspect opened fire, hitting a 43-year-old man standing outside, who was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, striking another 65-year-old man in the arm and injuring a motorist in a nearby moving vehicle, Harrison said.

“We are here again with another high casualty incident,” he said.

The vehicle, also carrying children aged 2 and 3, hit a pole and came to rest, the commissioner said. The 23-year-old woman behind the wheel was stabilized in a hospital after authorities initially said she was in critical condition, according to a late-night statement from Baltimore police.

The children suffered head trauma and lacerations in the vehicle crash, the statement said. The 3-year-old was injured in the collision and stabilized in a hospital, police said. The 2-year-old child, also injured in the crash, was stabilized in critical condition, they said.

Police initially believed the 2-year-old had been shot in the face, but overnight they said the toddler was only injured in the car crash.

In their statement overnight, Baltimore police said it appeared the vehicle had crashed “when the driver was shot.”

“What we believe happened is that at some point a gunman or several gunmen opened fire,” Harrison said earlier in the evening. “We don’t know if the intended target was the people in the vehicle or the individuals on the sidewalk.”

The reason for the shooting still seemed unknown. “We see it constantly, and we know it’s for nothing,” Mayor Brandon Scott said.

Police pleaded with potential friends, family and witnesses with facts about the attack to come forward.

“It’s time for us to stop acting like this,” Scott said at the press conference. “We can be better. It’s on us. It’s not on anybody else. It’s not on the police to make us be better for ourselves. We can do it.”

This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com

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