A Baltimore man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a nightclub in eastern Baltimore County early Saturday morning, police said.

George William Bryant Jr., 36, of Pentwood Road was shot multiple times in the head and neck in the parking lot of Club Baltimore at 8014 Pulaski Highway in the Rosedale area, according to police.

Detective Cathy Batton said the shooting resulted from an argument that occurred inside the club around closing time.

A security guard at the club called police at 1:51 a.m. to report shots fired and "people screaming," said Baltimore County Police Cpl. John Wachter.

Batton said the parking lot was crowded, making it difficult for officers from the White Marsh and Essex precincts to respond.

An officer used his Taser to subdue one person and was also assaulted during the incident, police said. The officer was taken to Franklin Square Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Bryant was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he later died, according to police. Batton said Bryant is the county's 16th homicide this year.

The shooting is still being investigated, but no arrests have been made, she said. However, following the shooting, five people were arrested outside the club for disorderly conduct.

A sergeant at the White Marsh Precinct said he did not recall any other calls for service to the club.

On Saturday afternoon, the parking lot in front of the club was busy with customers stopping at the Cookout pit beef stand, which shares a parking lot with Club Baltimore. Several customers said they remember when the club was a country-and-western-themed bar called Little Texas.

"This looks like a younger place now," said Rod Elliott, a Baltimore City firefighter who stopped for a chili dog on his way to work.

The club's sign has an image of a skyline with the words "Club Baltimore" surround by a Ravens head logo and the Baltimore World Trade Center. A sign on the side of the club's building said "Grand Opening" and lists the club as open seven days a week until 2 a.m.

The club's Facebook page listed several DJs who were scheduled to perform Friday.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 410-307-2020.

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