One dead, 3 wounded in shooting at city bar

Gunman, motive sought in overnight incident

Police launch 'All-Out Initiative'

April 22, 2004|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow, Staff

City police today were investigating an overnight shooting inside a Southwest Baltimore bar in which one man was killed and three others were wounded.

The gunman, armed with a shotgun, entered Al Ho's in the 2100 block of Frederick Ave., near South Pulaski Street, shortly after midnight and fired multiple times at a group standing inside. Dontae Ricks, 28, of the 400 block of Furrow St. in Baltimore was pronounced dead at the scene, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Ricks was reportedly shot in the stomach. Moses would not confirm broadcast reports that the gunman fired a total of five times.

The suspect, described as a black man in his 20s with braids, fled with another man in a car described to The Sun as a silver-and-cream BMW 745 or Infiniti with New York tags.

Police have not released the names of the other victims out of concern for their safety. Authorities told The Sun the wounded men were taken by ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and at least one of them was in critical condition.

Police told The Sun that two of the victims appeared to be the gunman's intended targets, but that the shotgun blasts also hit two bystanders. Witnesses were being interviewed by homicide detectives.

Police have made no arrests, and Moses said a motive had not yet been established.

In related news, the city Police Department today launched the first of its "All-Out Initiatives," aimed at bolstering officers' presence in Baltimore's most crime-ridden areas.

Approximately 350 additional officers of every rank and virtually every unit were walking patrol in 75 areas today in two waves, the first from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the second from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Moses said such initiatives will occur on a periodic basis.

Originally published April 22, 2004, 10:25 AM EDT

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