Morgan freshman charged in shooting

Fellow student was killed at Timonium bowling alley

October 10, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Morgan State University freshman from West Baltimore was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a fellow student outside a Timonium bowling alley on Saturday, Baltimore County police said.

Christopher Ahmed Bacote of the 3200 block of Milford Ave. in Forest Park was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He is accused of shooting Lorenzo M. Hardy III, a senior from Philadelphia, after an argument in the bowling alley, police said.

Detectives said an off-duty state trooper - one of four working security at the bowling party - had escorted Bacote out of the AMF Timonium Lanes on York Road and told him not to return.

The state troopers and most of the 400 students from Morgan State and Coppin State universities who attended the party, sponsored by "UP and UP" events, had left by the time the shooting occurred, police said.

"I'm very grateful for the speedy arrest," said Laura Pickens, Hardy's grandmother in Philadelphia. "This has been devastating for the family. He will be so missed."

Hardy, 23, who lived off campus in East Baltimore, was majoring in marketing and was scheduled to graduate this year, university officials said.

He had been walking across the bowling alley parking lot about 2:45 a.m. with two friends when a dark Cadillac pulled up and the driver yelled to Hardy, "What's up with that [expletive] you was sayin' in the club?" according to charging documents filed in District Court.

When one of Hardy's friends told the driver to keep going, police said the Cadillac lurched forward and then stopped. As Hardy got closer, the driver fired two shots - one of which hit Hardy, court papers say.

Hardy's friends drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died, police said.

In the charging papers, detectives said that witnesses told them the driver, who was wearing an Oakland Raiders jersey and hat, was a first-semester student at Morgan State, where he was enrolled in Math 106, and that he was the same person who had argued with Hardy earlier in the night.

Witnesses later identified Bacote as the gunman from pictures of students enrolled in the math class, police said in charging documents.

Bacote had transferred to Morgan State University from Baltimore City Community College, said Clinton Coleman, a Morgan State spokesman.

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