Woman beaten, fatally shot outside Coconuts Cafe
Since things that appear on baltimoresun.com over the weekend can get overlooked, I'd like to link back to a piece by Brent Jones.
At about 2 a.m. Sunday morning, 25-year-old Sctario Tia Edwards of Baltimore was beaten with a pipe and fatally shot outside Coconuts Cafe (309 W. Madison St.).
According to police, there was some kind of altercation on the dance floor. Edwards' attacker left the club but came back around closing time, where she started hitting Edwards with a pipe.
The suspect then shot Edwards and another 26-year-old woman in a nearby car. Edwards tried to escape but the suspect shot her again.
A 27-year-old woman was also wounded by stray gunfire, according to police. Both the injured women are expected to survive.
I used to live right next to Coconuts, which happens to be the city's only lesbian bar, and I want to weigh in here ...
I lived one block west of Coconuts for a little more than six months. On Friday and Saturday nights, Coconuts gets packed. I never went in the place, though -- I was told by the neighbors that Coconuts had a women-only policy on weekend nights.
There is a big open parking lot right behind my old apartment, and it used to fill up on Fridays and Saturdays with Coconuts' clientele. That place always seemed to be packed until closing time. And the crowd could get pretty rambunctious.
While I remember seeing a fair share of 20- and 30-something women frequent Coconuts, there always seemed to be more 40- and 50-somethings around.
I remember hearing verbal fights in the parking lot out back. But I never heard gun shots. And though those women were a little wild and crazy, even I was shocked to hear about this. I wonder if it will have a negative impact on the bar's business.
Violence like this can scare people away from a bar or club. But Coconuts is the only lesbian bar in town -- at least that I know of. And there are plenty of clubs such as Paradox that have fights outside on a semi-regular basis and still do well.
It could go either way.
(Photo by me)