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1 dead, 6 hurt in July Fourth block party shooting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Jul 5, 2023, 4:46 AM | Updated: 1:36 pm

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy was killed and six other people were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July block party on Maryland’s Eastern Shore early Wednesday, according to the county sheriff’s office.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting in Salisbury shortly after midnight, according to a statement posted on social media. Salisbury is a city of about 33,200 people about 120 miles (193 kilometers) southeast of Washington, D.C.

Investigators determined that seven people were shot and one victim, a 14-year-old boy, died at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The other six victims were being treated at a hospital, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

No arrests have been made, but there was an active investigation, Capt. Timothy Robinson said by telephone.

The Salisbury shooting was one of Philadelphia.

In a statement, Gov. Wes Moore said he had been in touch with local leaders and will help in any way possible.

“In just a few days, two mass shootings in our beloved state have taken lives and ripped at the fabric of our communities. I grieve with the victims in Salisbury and their loved ones, as well as the community that has lost one of their own. To those who are hurting: My heart is with you,” Moore said, noting that the shootings show that “gun violence is not something that any one community or any one group is wrestling with.”

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1 dead, 6 hurt in July Fourth block party shooting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore