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In the latest act of violence, authorities said seven people were shot at an event in Salisbury — located in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region — as people around the nation celebrated Independence Day.
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said members of its Criminal Investigation Division responded to Chippewa Boulevard in the area of Kiowa Avenue for a reported shooting just after midnight on Wednesday.
Investigators found seven individuals shot during a block party at the location, and one of the victims, identified as a 14-year-old male from Salisbury, succumbed to his gunshot wounds after being transported to a hospital, the sheriff’s office said in a release posted to Facebook.
The other six individuals were being treated at the hospital and were not believed to have suffered life-threatening wounds, authorities added.
“This is a very active investigation,” said the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, which asked people with relevant information to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 410-548-4898 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776 to share an anonymous tip.
Capt. Timothy Robinson told the Associated Press that no arrests had been made.
The Salisbury incident comes days after a mass shooting at a Baltimore block party killed two people and injured 28 others. The two deceased victims have been identified as 20-year-old Kylis Fagbemi and 18-year-old Aaliyah Gonzalez. Police said the 28 injured victims include more than a dozen minors.
Authorities are offering up to a $28,000 reward for information leading up to arrests and charges in connection to the Baltimore shooting. As of Wednesday afternoon, officials have yet to announce any suspects or arrests in that case.
Maryland Governor Wes Moore, a Democrat who took office in January, posted to Twitter after the Baltimore block party shooting declaring that everyone “deserves to feel safe in their neighborhood” and that public safety is his top priority.
“In partnership with our local jurisdictions, we are acting to address violent crime and ensure people’s safety by removing illegal guns from our streets, holding offenders accountable, and increasing opportunity to prevent violence,” Moore said.