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University of Maryland Shooting Near Campus Kills 3, Injures a Fourth

By    |   Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:05 AM

A shooting near the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus killed three on Tuesday night and injured a fourth person.

Two light-colored vans reportedly pulled up to W. Fayette Street at 10:37 p.m. and began firing into a group of people on the corner, striking four. 

“A male and female were both transported to an area hospital where, despite medical attempts, they succumbed to their injuries," Detective Rashawn K. Strong of the Baltimore Police Department announced to NBC News. “The second male was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The fourth victim was a female who went to a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound in her buttocks.

Alex Likowski, a University of Maryland Baltimore spokesman, said there is no reason to think students were involved in the incident, according to The Associated Press. University police are encouraging people to “use caution in the area” and to “remain aware of your surroundings at all times,” said NBC.

"It wasn't unusual to happen around here. It happens all the time," James Gillard, a 43-year old Baltimore resident, told the Baltimore Sun. "But when it's females getting shot up it's just crazy."

The shooting was the second one near the campus in the past week. University police told the Baltimore Sun that a gunman fired into a vehicle along the 900 block of the same street on Thursday. The car’s passenger sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

The casualties increase Baltimore’s homicide death rate to 154 for this year, 40 percent greater than the same time last year. Police reports indicate that shootings have also increased more than 80 percent, according to the AP.

"It doesn't make no sense what's going on in the streets," Cheryl Valentine, a Baltimore resident who witnessed Tuesday’s shooting from her window, told the Baltimore Sun.

She had been watching a movie with her daughter when she heard what she thought was firecrackers left over from Fourth of July celebrations. Upon looking outside, Valentine and her daughter saw the three dead bodies surrounded by emergency personnel.

“The killing needs to stop. We aren't hurting nobody but the families," she said.

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