- Associated Press - Sunday, January 9, 2011

BALTIMORE — A fight at a Baltimore nightclub spilled onto the street early Sunday and led to an eruption of gunfire that killed a police officer and another man and left four people hurt, police said.

One of those wounded also was a police officer who was shot in the leg, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Investigators were trying to determine if officers may have fired on a fellow officer whose badge and other identifying markings came off his uniform during the scuffle, Mr. Guglielmi said.

No arrests have been made, but dozens of people were being questioned, he said.

“This is an absolutely horrible incident … I prayed we would never lose another officer, but here we are again,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. An off-duty Baltimore detective was killed in October when he was hit in the head during an argument over a parking space.

Authorities said officers arrived at the Select Lounge to find a large fight and called for backup. Investigators still weren’t sure if anyone besides officers had fired weapons.

Police stand outside a Baltimore nightclub where an early-morning shooting left a police officer and another man dead on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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“It was a pretty significant fight, from what we understand. A large fight and a number of officers responded,” Mr. Guglielmi told the Associated Press. “It ultimately spilled outside into the parking lot.”

The police spokesman said the dead officer was 33 and an eight-year veteran of the department but said he likely wouldn’t be identified until Monday. He also did not give the name of the other male victim.

Mr. Guglielmi said the second officer was shot in a leg and was expected to recover. The others wounded also were not identified, but the spokesman said they were in their 20s.

Meanwhile, investigators were at the club trying to piece together events.

“We have a lot of ground to cover, a lot of people to talk to,” he said.

Mr. Guglielmi said no off-duty Baltimore officers were working security at the club, nor were any in the club. He said he did not know if the club had its own security staff.

At dawn Sunday, police tape surrounded the block of Select Lounge. No one answered when a reporter knocked on the door, and police asked a reporter and photographer to leave.

Police tape also surrounded a parking lot containing about 25 cars and lay in the foyer of the club. The club is in a mixed industrial and residential area not far from the hospital where victims were taken. It is next to a car wash.

A valet parking sign for the club was knocked down, but there were no readily apparent signs of shots fired.

In the parking lot next to the club, police crime lab technicians marked shell casings.

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