3 hurt in machine-gun shooting at Baltimore hotel

BALTIMORE (AP) - Machine gunfire broke out early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a downtown Baltimore hotel and three people were critically injured, police said.

The shooter was still at large hours later, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Officers were called to the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel around 3:15 a.m. after the fight erupted inside the party and someone began shooting.

Shortly after police arrived, they found the Uzi submachine gun in a room where the party was held. One person had been shot in the head and another one was shot in the torso, both of them were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center.

The center's nursing coordinator, Henry Paje, said the two were in critical condition. Guglielmi said a third person had "facial lacerations" and was in critical condition, but he did not know where that person was being treated. He also did not know the identities of the three who were injured.

Officials have no information on the shooter and police were interviewing about a dozen witnesses, Guglielmi said. A man who answered the telephone at the hotel said he could not comment on the shooting.

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