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Gunmen shoot 7 people waiting in line outside downtown Baltimore hookah lounge

Posted at 9:48 AM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 08:48:00-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Baltimore Police are investigating after seven people were shot overnight outside a hookah lounge in downtown Baltimore.

It happened just after 2 a.m. while people were waiting in line to get into the iVilla Lounge at 225 Park Avenue.

Arriving officers found four male victims on scene, a 20-year-old shot to the shoulder and hip, an 18-year-old shot in both legs, a 27-year-old to the arm, and a 17-year-old with gunshot wounds to the back and leg.

Shortly after, police were notified of two more victims who walked into area hospitals, a 22-year-old man shot to the finger, and a 17-year-old male shot in the arm.

A seventh victim then walked into a hospital. Police provided no details on that victim.

According to police, the 17-year-old's injuries are the most serious, while all the other victims suffered minor injuries.

Colonel Rich Worley said Sunday four suspects pulled up nearby in a car and parked. Two got out, one with a rifle and the other with a handgun and began shooting into the crowd waiting in line.

The suspects vehicle was later found in the Cherry Hill area of South Baltimore, but all four remain on the run.

Detectives are also investigating a pair of Saturday homicides that happened a half mile apart in the city's Southeast District.

Daniel Powell, 21, was shot and killed near McElderry Park in the 500 block of Linwood Avenue, and before that 21-year-old Destiny Harrison was shot inside a beauty salon on Milton Avenue.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.