Man fatally shot inside Fells Point bar after argument, police say

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The outside of Blarney Stone Pub. Image via Google Street View.

A man was killed late last night after an altercation at a Fells Point bar, police said this morning.

The murder happened at Blarney Stone, an Irish pub at 704 S. Broadway, just after midnight. Police said the 32-year-old victim was shot multiple times, and pronounced dead shortly after at a hospital.

Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said this morning that he could offer few details about the investigation, but shared that the murder happened after an argument between two people inside the bar. They went outside, and then back inside, where the shooting unfolded.

“I want to assure the public that this was not a random incident. We strongly believe that the victim knew the assailant, and we’re following up on that.”

The murder, Baltimore’s sixth in seven days, raised added alarm because it happened while crowds were still out drinking nearby in the popular nightlife area, and days before the holidays, when people flock to the waterfront neighborhood to shop or go out.

Tuggle dismissed the notion that tourists and families should avoid the area because of the shooting. “People can be assured that this is not targeted”—he meant toward bystanders, presumably—”and they should just go about their daily lives.”

Fells Point Main Street, the nonprofit representing the neighborhood’s commercial district, said in a statement today that “we are saddened that there was a loss of life in our community due to an act of violence, albeit this was not random.”

The organization noted that the Waterfront Partnership has been providing private security since the beginning of the year–to go with patrolling by police–which it said has helped reduce violent crime by a third and made the neighborhood feel safer.

“We are not going to let this incident deter those efforts.”

Police have not yet identified the victim, though the department said investigators have identified a suspect.

This story has been updated.

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