Man beaten to death outside S. Baltimore bar

Four others shot in city in two separate incidents

May 07, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A fight over a pool game that began inside a South Baltimore bar left a man fatally beaten, according to police and the bar's owner, in one of three violent incidents over a three-hour span Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a call just before midnight in the 3700 block of S. Hanover St. for a man lying in the bushes. When police arrived, they found the victim on the ground next to the 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 over a pool game inside the bar. He said the fight 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. The bar used to function as a nightclub called Rockin Robin Cafe but recently changed to a Baltimore Ravens-themed bar.

"There was enough witnesses that they'll find out who did it," Conover said.

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 the Fairmount Park neighborhood for a triple shooting, according to a department spokesman. The men were standing in the block when multiple shots were fired from a vehicle.

One of the men was struck in the stomach, and the other two were shot in the leg, Agent Donny Moses said. The men, ages 27, 27 and 21, were driven by a friend to an area hospital and were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Moses said.

Another shooting occurred earlier in the 1600 block of Ralworth Road in the Hillen neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore. A man said he was inside his home when two unknown males entered and demanded money. He attempted to run away and was shot in the back. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police did not disclose suspects or motives in either of the shootings.

Baltimore Sun reporters Brent Jones and Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

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