Man opens fire in city club, killing patron Six others are wounded, one critically, in incident

September 04, 1997|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A gunman opened fire in a packed downtown Baltimore nightclub early yesterday, killing one man and wounding six other people while terrified patrons dived for cover, police and witnesses said.

The shooting happened in Club Bunns, a popular gay nightclub at 608 W. Lexington St. that attracted 200 people Tuesday to its weekly "Gay Ladies' Night," said Melvin T. Parks, a bartender at the club.

An argument between two men -- apparently over a woman in the club -- culminated in a fistfight that was broken up by a bouncer, Parks said. One of the men was forced to leave but returned at 1: 05 a.m., and fired more than a dozen shots from a semiautomatic handgun.

"All I saw was a man burst through the door shooting, and that's when I hit the floor," Parks said. "It's just another of those macho things. Hopefully, this will be a lesson not to let the men come in on ladies' night anymore."

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said the gunman -- known only as "Tommy" -- fled and was being sought. He was described as black, 6 feet to 6-feet-4 with a slender build and a goatee. He wore a navy blue baseball cap, a dark blue pullover and blue denim shorts, police said.

Cooper said the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Killed in the shooting was Willie T. Jordan, 26, of the 1000 block of E. Preston St., police said. It is unclear whether Jordan was standing inside or outside the club, said police, who said some of the shots may have been fired at people standing outside.

Critically wounded was Maurice Terrell Jones, 21, of the 600 block of Cator Ave., police said. He was listed in stable condition last night at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Jones had been sought by police since May as a suspect in an unrelated May 22 fatal shooting in the 600 block of Cokesbury Ave. in East Baltimore.

Police said yesterday that Jones is charged in a warrant with the slaying of Ricardo Antoine Webb, 30, who was the victim of an apparent drug-related robbery.

Jones will be arrested on his release from the hospital, police said.

Five other Baltimore residents inside or outside the club were treated at area hospitals for minor gunshot wounds and released, police said.

They were identified as Shakisha Foye, 26, of the 2800 block of E. Monument St.; Trichina Lowary, 24, of the 700 block of E. 36th St.; Melvin Medley, 26, of the 2400 block of W. Cold Spring Lane; Talia Shire Burgess, 19, of the 800 block of Homestead St.; and Ghia Brooks, 27, of the 600 block of Harwood Ave.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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