Four people were killed and one person was injured Saturday morning after a large fire and police shooting in Baltimore County, Md., Authorities said.
Residents called 911 at around 6:40 a.m. ET to report the fire and the presence of a gunman in a townhouse community in the Woodlawn neighborhood, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. Officers and firefighters arrived and found a man with a handgun outside the burning houses.
Police shot him dead, police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said during a press conference at the scene. The man’s name has not been released.
It is not known how many officers opened fire on the gunman or how the others died. The police officers involved in the shooting and the three other victims were not immediately identified.
Two of them were men. The third was a woman seriously injured in the incidents and died hours later, police spokeswoman Danielle J. Moore told NBC News in an email Saturday afternoon.
Another person, a man, is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
No officer was injured in the incidents.
At one point, two other people were missing after the fire and shooting. Police said they had been located.
The two-alarm blaze caused two homes to collapse and severely damaged a third home, county fire spokesman Tim Rostkowski said. The fire was fueled by natural gas from the house where the fire started. Local gas and power crews were unable to shut off the gas immediately due to property damage.
Crews are working to dig a hole to completely shut off the gas line. Residents can expect to temporarily lose gas service, but authorities said there was “no current threat to the community.”
Firefighters and police are still looking at the scene for possible additional victims, authorities said. Local, state and federal agencies are involved in the ongoing investigation.