Guard wrongly accused in shootings gets job back Bills piled up while he was held

June 04, 1993|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer

Sean Brooks, who lost his job as a security guard when he was jailed for 32 days on charges that he shot 12 people in a dice game in East Baltimore, has his job back -- and a handful of overdue bills.

The charges were dropped, and Mr. Brooks, 23, returned to work as a security guard last Friday, working the overnight shift in a department store at Eastpoint Mall.

He was arrested April 11 -- Easter Sunday -- at a downtown bank building where he worked as a security guard and was charged with shooting 12 people the previous night during a dice game in the 500 block of E. 21st St. All the victims survived.

Mr. Brooks, who witnesses had identified as the gunman from police photographs, was ordered held on $1 million bail. Charges against him were dropped on May 13 because, prosecutors said, evidence against him was questionable, and he was released from the Baltimore City Detention Center.

"Not getting any money for almost two months really hurt me," Mr. Brooks said this week. "I can't buy anything for myself for a long time. All of the money that I'll make is already spent.

"I was surprised to get it [the job] back at first, but they said they had been trying to get it back for me all along," he said of his employer, the Loughlin Security Agency Inc.

"Of course I'm glad to get it back," he said. "I wanted to get it back because I need the money and I shouldn't have lost it."

Patrick Hare, a sales manager for Loughlin, said the Eastpoint company was happy to have Mr. Brooks back. He said Mr. Brooks has worked for the company for about a year and has a good work record.

"He's a very good guard," Mr. Hare said. "We're pleased he's back."

Mr. Hare said Mr. Brooks' return to work was delayed for two weeks because he had to obtain state police clearance, a requirement for all the company's guards.

Meanwhile, police have made no arrests in the April 10 shooting, which occurred in front of a vacant boarded house, according to police spokesman Sam Ringgold.

Mr. Ringgold said that police are following leads, "and the investigation is continuing."

Mr. Brooks lives with his mother in a two-story rowhouse in the 2000 block of Greenmount Ave., less than 200 yards from the site of the shooting.

Police say the neighborhood is a hotbed of drug activity.

Mr. Brooks said he is friends with most of the shooting victims, one of whom was seen riding a bicycle Wednesday in the area of Greenmount Avenue and 21st Street. The man, who did not want to be identified, was shot three times.

The man agreed that he and Mr. Brooks are friends and said that he did not know why Mr. Brooks was arrested for the shootings.

". . . I know he didn't do it," the man said.

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