Officer shot in West Baltimore

Police Officer Shot in Head in West Baltimore is in Grave Condition

Right now, police don't have much of a description of the shooter, so they're hoping witnesses will come forward and help them identify the gunman.

Outside the hospital where the gravely wounded 18-year veteran was fighting for his life, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said a manhunt was underway for a "cold, callous killer" who shot the detective who was "just doing his job".

Davis said the detective tried to start a conversation with the suspicious man when the man fired at the detective's head.

The officer, who was not immediately identified by police, was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support, a hospital official said.

"The Baltimore Police Department has our full support as they track down this violent criminal and bring him to justice", Hogan said in a statement.

Others, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, are sending their thoughts and prayers to the detective and his fellow officers after a request from the Baltimore Police Department.

"This is a risky profession".

Federal agencies were offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to the gunman's arrest. This is a unsafe job. Police say this is an extremely risky area of the city.

Numerous cruisers responded and a police helicopter buzzed overhead, illuminating streets below with a searchlight.

The area where the officer was shot has a number of vacant rowhouses and has been the scene of numerous shootings. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh called for an end in the gun violence at a news conference, saying "enough is enough".

"We can not have violent criminals running our streets", Pugh said.

As of Thursday, the number of homicides in the city for 2017 was 308, compared with 318 for all of a year ago, according to a tally by The Baltimore Sun. "This kind of violence can not be tolerated".



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