Four people were shot early Sunday morning in Baltimore, as a violent weekend continued with a triple shooting at an after-hours club and a police-involved shooting outside a York Road carryout.
The triple shooting occurred at about 5:30 a.m. as people left an after-hours club called Ras-a-Ter International Restaurant and Club at 2103 W. North Ave., said Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman.
A web site shows that club Ras-a-ter opens at 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with parties on Saturday nights going until 6 a.m. the next day.
It's at least the second shooting incident there that left multiple people injured. In November 2011, four people were shot outside the club, when a gunman opened fire, striking at least two of whom were employees of the club. That shooting occurred at 5:30 a.m., when private security was trying to clear people from the establishment, police said at the time.
A suspect charged in that case, Kevin Shaw, also known as Karon Shaw, had all charges dropped by city prosecutors in June and has since been re-arrested on drug charges, court records show.
Detectives were also investigating a police-involved shooting that occurred in the 5400 block of York Road. Guglielmi said a patrol officer saw a crowd gathered in front of a carryout business. The officer moved to disperse the crowd and got into a "physical struggle" with a male suspect who refused to show identification, and discharged his weapon, Guglielmi said.
Two other people were struck after the officer fired a single shot, Guglielmi said. One was a 21-year-old man who was in serious ocndition but was expected to survive, and the other was a 37-year-old woman who Guglielmi said may have suffered a graze wound.
Guglielmi said homicide detectives, who investigate all police shootings, were gathering statements from witnesses. Per policy, the agency will not identify the officer for 48 hours.
"We need to look at the situation and try to figure out what transpired," Guglielmi said.
Guglielmi said the officer was in the area as part of beefed up patrols following a fatal stabbing early Saturday morning in the same block.
Five people have been killed in Baltimore so far this weekend after a relative lull in violence to start the year. There had been no gun homicides in the city until Friday night, and since then at least eight people have been shot, four fatally.