Club owner is found fatally shot

January 18, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

The owner of a popular West Baltimore social club was found shot to death in the building yesterday and police investigating the murder have no suspect or motive.

Pronounced dead from a single bullet wound to the right side of the head was Allen West, 63, the owner of Allen's Place in the 2100 block of W. Fayette St. at North Smallwood Street.

Mr. West, said homicide detective Lenny Willis, lived a block away in the 2200 block of W. Fayette St.

Detective Willis said the man, who rented the hall on weekends to social clubs and private groups, was found sitting in a chair on the club's main floor at 8 p.m. by relatives.

He said the man was shot at "fairly close range" with an unknown caliber weapon and that an autopsy was to be held today. The autopsy was expected to tell police how long the man had been dead.

Detective Willis said the club, a two-story building, showed no signs of forced entry and that no sign of ransacking was found during a search of the premises.

It was not immediately known if any property was missing.

Nearby residents told police they heard no unusual sounds coming from the club prior to the man being found by relatives.

Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

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