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60 shots fired, man injured in Silver Spring shopping center shooting

Video obtained by WUSA9 shows the victim going down as a man who appears to be holding a gun in his hand runs past.
Credit: WUSA9

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A man is seriously injured after he was shot during a gunfight at a Silver Spring shopping center parking lot on Sunday. 

Witnesses said the man was an innocent bystander headed toward the nearby Global Foods store when he was hit by gunfire.

Video obtained by WUSA9 shows the victim going down as a man who appears to be holding a gun in his hand runs past. Authorities have not released the victim's identity.

Other bystanders can be seen on the ground or hiding behind a pillar as the gunbattle unfolds.

Around 5:20 p.m., Montgomery County Police responded to the Briggs Chaney Market Place area in the 13800 block of Outlet Drive for the report of a shooting. Once at the scene, officers found the man who had been shot in his upper body. He was taken to the hospital with "serious injuries," police told WUSA9.

Mongomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said Monday that at least 60 shots were fired and multiple weapons were used. Police believe several people were shooting at each other, using handguns. It is unknown yet how many people were involved, Jones said.  

Officers are still searching for the suspects, and have not made any arrests. They have not confirmed any details about the man shot.

Several businesses and cars were also struck in the gunfire. Jones said video review is part of the investigation at this point, and he asks that any business with surveillance footage comes forward.  

Jones claims gun crime is nearly double where it was this time last year, noting that violence as a whole is "in a different place now."  The county council plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make bringing a firearm into public gathering areas -- like churches and shopping malls -- illegal. 

Anyone with any information about the situation should reach out to Montgomery County Police. Click here for contact information.

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