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2 dead, 4 hurt in nightclub shooting

Associated Press / January 10, 2011

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

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

No arrests have been made, but dozens of people were being questioned, Guglielmi 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 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 their weapons.

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

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