Shooting outside Club Mirage extends violent weekend in Baltimore

In his first public comments last week, Police Commissioner-designate Anthony Batts said the headlines out of Baltimore unfairly make crime seem out of control. It's weekends like this past one - which saw four killed in the region and eight shot in Baltimore City - that certainly give rise to that perception even as officials can point to declining crime statistics.

-In a tragic example of the collateral damage of the city's gun violence, a 41-year-old man, Leondionas Dias Perez, was struck and killed by a police cruiser as an officer responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Jack St. In that incident, a 49-year-old man awoke in his home to see a man with a knife threatening him and demanding valuables. Police say they have a person of interest identified in the case.

-18-year-old Tashawna Jones was fatally shot in the 300 block of E. 26th St. in the Harwood neighborhood, east of Charles Village. She is the third teenage girl to be fatally shot in the city since Sept. 27, following the deaths of Nana Mensah, 19, and Ahjee Harrod, 16. 

Police say they were initially called for a report of a female with head trauma, and she was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where doctors determined she had been shot in the head. Jones, of the 400 block of Ilchester, was a student at Harbor City High School. Police said they believe the shooting was domestic-related.

"That area is usually a pretty quiet block," Deputy Commissioner John Skinner said. "That looks very, very much like a domestic violence incident."

-Early Monday, police say a man approached a crowd outside Club Mirage near the Hippodrome and opened fire, striking a man multiple times and sending a crowd scattering. One nearby resident told me on Twitter that he heard eight shots, and at first thought it was from the episode of "Boardwalk Empire" that he was watching. A second victim walked into Maryland Shock Trauma center around the same time. 

Police say the suspect was a dark-complected black man, who was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes and say he came west on Baltimore Street. Anyone with information is asked to call Central District detectives.

In the meantime, police say they intend to meet with owners of Club Mirage, to discuss "recent incidents of concern." Skinner said he couldn't fault the club for a shooting that occurred outside involving patrons waiting to get in, but said the club's crowds have been growing and that they want to talk with management to head off any issues. "Whatever they're doing recently, they're attracting a larger volume of crowd. It's all about getting in front of this," Skinner said.

-Police were also investigating a homicide that occurred in the Patterson Park neighborhood on Sunday evening. 19-year-old Charles Fuller, of the 600 block of Potomac, was shot multiple times in the block. Police said Fuller was attacked by a group of assailants police said were dressed in "dark clothing and ski masks."

-In Anne Arundel County, detectives arrested and charged two men with a double-shooting that killed one outside of a house party in Pasadena. 

Ronald Lee McLeod, of Columbia, and Daniel Alex Savage, of Glen Burnie, have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Matthew Morrow, 21, who died at an area hospital after being found with gunshot wounds in the 7000 block of Outing Avenue about 1:30 a.m.

Another man — whom The Sun confirmed to be mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa, 20 — was also found shot and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

-Jermaine Vendell Dalton, 38, was also killed in a shooting in Halethorpe in Baltimore County, in the 3800 block of McDowell Lane, and police were investigating a stabbing in Dundalk. 

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