Man beaten to death outside of S. Baltimore bar

Four others shot in city in two separate incidents

May 06, 2010|By Brent Jones and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police are investigating three separate violent incidents in a three-hour span Wednesday night, including a fatal beating outside a South Baltimore bar and a triple shooting.

Officers responded to a call at about midnight in the 3700 block of S. Hanover St. for a man lying bleeding in the bushes. When police arrived, they found the victim on the ground next to Ravens House bar, bleeding from the head and with severe body trauma.

Ravens House owner Zeke Conover said the man was struck in the head with a pool stick during an argument inside the restaurant during an argument over a pool game. He said the altercation then moved outside.

"I've been here 22 years, and never had anything like that happen," Conover said. "We don't have a lot of fights here. There's nothing to warrant anything like that."

Conover, who was not there at the time but rushed to the bar after receiving word, said there were about 30 people inside the bar who witnessed the incident, and he said he was told the victim was a regular patron. The bar used to function as a nightclub called Rockin Robin Café, but recently changed to a Baltimore Ravens-themed bar.

The man, whom police have not yet identified, was taken to Harbor Hospital and died about 30 minutes later, according to police.

About two hours earlier, police were called to the 2100 block of Chelsea Terrace near Clifton Avenue in West Baltimore for a triple shooting, according to a department spokesman.

One of the men was struck in the stomach, the other two were shot in the leg, Agent Donny Moses said. All three suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to an area hospital, Moses said.

Another shooting occurred earlier in the 1600 block of Ralworth Road in the Hillen neighborhood in northeast Baltimore. An adult male was shot in the back and transferred to an area hospital. Moses did not know the extent of the man's injuries.

As of Wednesday night, police did not have any suspects or know of any motives for the beating or the shootings.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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