Disc jockey fatally shot outside home He worked at club and radio station

March 01, 1997|By John Rivera and Peter Hermann | John Rivera and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

An up-and-coming disc jockey at a downtown nightclub who filled in at a local radio station was fatally shot early yesterday outside his East Baltimore rowhouse.

Barry Anthony Harris, 32, known to his followers as "DJ Dragon Cutz," was found lying in the 900 block of N. Chester St. about 12: 50 a.m. He died 90 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police released few details of the slaying and said they knew of no motive. A co-worker said he thought Harris was shot during a robbery attempt.

No arrests had been made as of last night.

Harris was shot after he returned home from the Club Raven, a nightspot at Howard and Saratoga streets that had closed early because it was a slow night. He was last seen packing his records.

"Overall, he was a nice guy who was killed senselessly," said Richard Terry, a manager at the club. "It hurt everybody who knew him. It's that cliche: The worst things happen to the best people."

By day, Harris was a uniformed security guard at a Rite Aid downtown. He was married and had five daughters.

The radio station where he filled in, WXYV-FM, which is known as V-103, sponsored a candlelight vigil at Club Raven last night and plans an announcement Monday about "Silencing the Violence," a program aimed at getting young people involved in the music industry.

"He's one of those guys who wanted to get into the business real bad and was willing to wait his turn to do it," said Kole Porter, the director of promotions at the radio station. "He was willing to work real hard and do the right things necessary to get a position in the music business."

Porter met Harris in the late 1980s at Radio One Inc., around the corner from the Rite Aid. "He'd come on his lunch break and sit there with us," Porter recalled. "He would sit in my office, and I'd tease him because he looked like a police officer without a gun."

Harris worked his way up with disc jockey jobs at house parties and friends' dances, then got to the Club Raven.

"The big break was coming real soon at Club Raven," Porter said. "He was going to do his first real joint venture with a radio station." That promotional venture was to begin March 14.

Terry said he believes his friend was shot during a robbery attempt, though he does not have any supporting information. "He was nice to everybody," Terry said. "It wasn't like he started confrontations with anybody."

Caprisa Hooper, an account executive at Radio One -- which owns several radio stations, including four in Baltimore -- described Harris as "soft-spoken, just a real genuine person. He really loved music and wanted so badly to get involved. He slowly built his name in the community, and all the DJs knew him."

A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at March Funeral

Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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