Gunman kills two students outside club 5 others wounded at Volcano's in East Baltimore; Victims were in college; Police were making arrests for fighting just before incident


Two college students were killed early yesterday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd outside a popular East Baltimore nightclub, wounding five other patrons, police said.

One of the slain students was 19-year-old Lori McDaniel of the 4000 block of Eldorado Ave., who was studying engineering at Morgan State University, a Morgan spokesman said.

The other, 22-year-old Donte Parrish Young of the 600 block of N. Kenwood Ave., attended Coppin State College.

Wiley A. Hall III, a Morgan spokesman, said McDaniel was in her sophomore year. He said she graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute before attending Morgan.

Homicide Detective Paul Mitzel said he knew of no motive for the shootings about 1: 43 a.m. outside Volcano's nightclub in the 1000 block of Greenmount Ave. No arrests had been made by late last night.

In April 1995, two people, including a 19-year-old Morgan student, were killed and four others were wounded outside Volcano's. In July 1994, a 21-year-old man was killed and seven others were wounded when at least two men sprayed the street about 100 feet south of the nightclub with gunfire.

Last night, McDaniel's relatives and friends gathered in mourning at her family's home in Forest Park.

"How can I describe her?" said her mother, Joan Washington. "A very down-to-earth young lady, affectionate, loved people and was looking forward to a career in engineering. And now she's gone."

McDaniel's boyfriend, Maghan Stallings, 23, said he met her at Volcano's in March. She had planned to transfer from Morgan to Hampton University in Virginia to continue her civil engineering studies. "I will miss her an awful lot," he said.

Shortly before the shooting, several police officers were trying to quell fights outside Volcano's, police said.

Maj. Wendell M. France, commander of the Eastern District, said the officers were arresting people for fighting and disorderly conduct when a club employee opened a door that led onto Dane Street, an alley on the north side of the building, to allow most of the crowd to leave by the side door.

As the crowd poured out, Mitzel said, several shots were fired in rapid succession.

He said the gunfire brought more police to the scene.

Within minutes, about 40 officers from four districts had arrived.

On Dane Street, police and paramedics found McDaniel dead, Young mortally wounded and five people suffering from minor gunshot wounds.

McDaniel was pronounced dead at the scene with a bullet wound in the head, police said. Young, who also was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 3 a.m.

Wounded and treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital were Brandon Bull, 22, of the 1600 block of Ralworth Ave.; Crystal Simpson, 22, of the 5400 block of Cordelia Ave.; and Carolyn Young, 19, of the 3300 block of Spaulding Ave.

Jason Morgan, 20, of the 3300 block of Hillen Road and Marquise Gray, 21, of the 1300 block of Windemere Ave. were treated at Mercy Medical Center.

Mitzel said many of the patrons left the scene when the shots were fired.

He said security personnel at Volcano's told police that 600 to 700 people had been in the club.

Pub Date: 10/25/96

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