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November 7, 2011

Man charged in quadruple shooting outside W. Baltimore after hours club

Police have charged a 19-year-old man in a quadruple shooting that occurred before dawn Sunday morningoutside a West Baltimore after-hours club.

The incident - initially reported as a double-shooting - occurred at about 5:30 a.m. as private security was clearing people out following a fight at an after hours club called "Rasta's" in the 2100 block of W. North Ave., according to police. Police said a gunman opened fire, striking three people, at least two of whom were employees of the club. A fourth victim was later identified after walking into a Baltimore County hospital for treatment.

Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said detectives this morning charged Karon Darren Shaw, of the 1600 block of Moreland Ave., with attempted murder.

Court records show Shaw has two prior arrests on his criminal record, both in the past month and for minor offenses - drug possession and gambling.

I've got a call in to the liquor board to find out more about Rasta's. There are several clubs in the city licensed to host after-hours parties, but others that operate illegally.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 10:36 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: West Baltimore

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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