Six people -- including three teen-agers -- were wounded early today during two shootings that police say may be connected to an argument at Odells nightclub.
In the first shooting, Robert Watkins, 16, of the 1200 block of E. Lanvale St. was shot in the back at close range about 1:50 a.m. after an argument at North Avenue and Charles Street.
Police said the youth had been inside nearby Odells nightclub shortly before he was shot.
The second shooting occurred in the 700 block of Cator Ave., in an area north of Memorial Stadium, about 2:30 a.m., police said. Five males were wounded, two shot in the jaw.
"There may have been some anger involving the earlier shooting," police spokesman Sam Ringgold said. "There may be a connection."
Witnesses told investigators that all five people wounded in the second shooting had been at Odells, Mr. Ringgold said.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.
The Watkins youth was in critical condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokesman said.
The youth was involved in an argument with people from Cator Avenue inside the club, and the argument continued outside, Mr. Ringgold said.
Odells nightclub has been the scene of numerous incidents in recent months, including assaults and shootings, police said.
In the second shooting about 2:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Cator Ave., five males were shot, two of them in the head, police said. The others were shot in their legs and shoulders.
Several men arrived and began firing handguns at several other men near Cator Avenue and Frisby Street, police said. A police officer on patrol heard gunshots and went to the scene.
"Five victims ran toward [the officer's] car," Mr. Ringgold said. "They were still being shot at."
A bullet struck the patrol car, shattering the rear driver's side window, Mr. Ringgold said. The officer was not injured.
Police identified the wounded men as Dante Preston, 20, of the 4700 block of Old York Road; Casey Walker, 21, of the 800 block of Cator Ave.; and Antoine Arrington, 20, of the 700 block of Cator Ave. Two youths, 15 and 16 years old, also were wounded.
Mr. Preston, shot in his jaw and thigh, is in fair condition at Shock- Trauma, a hospital spokesman said. Mr. Walker, also shot in his jaw, and Mr. Arrington were in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a spokesman said.
The names and conditions of the juveniles were unavailable.
Area residents have complained often that people frequenting the club have been responsible for shootings, robberies, thefts and other crimes. Club officials deny it.
The city zoning board challenged the club, saying it billed itself as a private club but was open to the general public. An accord was reached and the club was allowed to stay open after owners said it would describe the club as a dance hall.
The Baltimore zoning board has scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. today on the request by Odells for a dance hall permit.
The owners also assured the zoning board that private security officers would be stationed inside to maintain order.