2 Dead, Including Officer, After Nightclub Shooting

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Six people shot and two dead, including one Baltimore City police officer, after a massive fight and gun battle broke out just outside of a downtown Baltimore nightclub.

Police aren’t releasing many details, but Derek Valcourt has been working the story.

Police are looking into the possibility that the officer may have been in plainclothes and may have been killed by friendly fire.

The fight and the subsequent gunshots broke out just after 1:15 a.m. Sunday on Paca Street just outside of the Select Lounge nightclub.

Police are releasing few details but say one of their officers radioed a signal 13—an emergency call for assistance to fellow officers. As more police arrived, gunfire erupted.

A total of six people were shot–two of them killed, including a Baltimore City police officer identified by our media partner the Baltimore Sun as William H. Torbit Jr.  Torbit, 33, was an eight-year veteran of the force.

The police commissioner and mayor spent most of the night comforting relatives at the hospital.

“I prayed that we would never lose another officer, yet here we are again, and it is a terribly rough time for the family and for the police department and for the city,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “So I ask you to keep the families in prayer.”

Also killed in the fight was a civilian– 22-year-old Sean Gamble– semi-professional football player who is being memorialized by friends on the Internet.

A second unidentified police officer was shot in the left foot. He is expected to make a full recovery, as are the three other civilians whose gunshot wounds were considered non-life-threatening.

“We have a ton of work to do to put together the facts about what happened here,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

Police say multiple officers fired multiple shots. Detectives are interviewing those officers and the dozens of witnesses who were in the area at the time.

“What we need to figure out now is what sparked the shooting,” said Anthony Guglielmi, police spokesperson. “Was there a weapon drawn by a civilian? Was an officer’s weapon taken during a struggle?  All of that needs to be explored.”

Police say they hope to be able to release more information Monday.

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  • dean

    i’ve lived there all my life and it is not a dump.

    • Ms.Truth

      It takes the community to raise a city and it’s not were you live,it’s how you live.Luv u all!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kay

    That place IS a dump. I could never raise my children there. I’d be afraid of them being shot or given drugs.

    • brittney

      To everyone.I have yet to hear anyone make any positive suggestions that don’t include race or being a product of somewhat poor enviroment. Most people that made the negative comments obviously do not live here baltimore. We as Baltimore citizens need to give a helping hand in stead of always putting others down. How could we make it a better place if everybody runs away from it. I thought I was speaking to adults, which are the same people that wanted to negatively comment on my opinion which nevertheless had anything to do the problem. Stop being so selfish. I never tried to make racial comments but it seems that some people cannot help but to make it a factor….which at this point the government is dealing with it a lot now and we will soon see what people will become the voice of our future.these r the people that have always been but stayed in rearview. All I can say is 2012 we will see who will be chosen to lead us into out future

    • Milady

      Born and raised here, I know it’s not a DUMP as you say. Just because you’re not strong enough to handle the daily rigors doesn’t mean that the whole city is a failure. I’ve NEVER been shot, given drugs, and I have a very large family of native Baltimoreans and this doesn’t happen to any of us either. You just probably wouldn’t make it anywhere other than that farm or hole you’re from.

      • RG

        When Baltimore has a higher crime rate per capita than New York City, then I think there is a problem. I’m a New York native and would rather walk through Harlem than in Highlandtown or Druid Hill.

      • lost citizen

        my whole family was born and raised in Baltimore AND ITS THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD!!
        This East Baltimore boy moved away 6 years ago ,and i have been homesick eversince i left.
        im coming home in june back to my beautiful Baltimore Maryland.
        every city has its problems and troubles look at los angeles,atlanta,newport news va,washington dc,philadelphia etc.

    • bob

      oh no a teen was stabbed to death in Aberdeen time to move out! it is what you make it, there are multiple nice neighborhoods in Baltimore to live in. If you lay with dogs youre gonna get fleas. Some murders in the city are random acts of violence, however, a majority of people know their killer. Meaning if you dont hangout with killers you are probably safe.

  • shurteez

    I lived in Baltimore my whole life. I raised my daughter her, who has never been on drugs and graduated high school and college and is about to get married and yes she is raising her son here. yes we have our problems but we are not a dump,

  • Jennifer

    I think everyone is forgetting the point of the story and that is yet again lives were lost tragically. Baltimore has the same problems every urban largely populated city does in America-drugs, crime, poverty. That does not give someone else the right to call it a dump. It is an insult to those who were born in Baltimore and have tried to do their part in making positiuve changes. Therefore if you don’t have any condolences to the victims families please keep your negative comments to yourself.

  • Edwardscissorhands

    Oh, it’s a dump, allright. Anybody who lives in Baltimore and doesn’t know it’s a dump just doesn’t know there are so many many better places to live. The whole country is NOT anywhere close to Baltimore when it comes to being a dump. Just watch news in Baltimore…fires and shootings…fires and shootings…fires and shootings.

    • Milady

      Of course if I spent as much time believing the trash you see, I would believe what you do. 50 years and 4 generations of no murders, fires, or tragedies in my family has proven that the tree does indeed grow in Brooklyn. As long as people like you, Kay, and the naysayers stay out, we can make our city better. Also, I agree with Jennifer. You lost the point of the story. Go to bed.

      • joe

        Dont worry we will stay out. With the exception of a few small areas, the city is made up primarily of welfare recipients,druggies,criminals,and filth. You don’t see the nonsense that goes on in the city anywhere else in the state thank God! What I can’t understand is why any person that doesn’t fit the description of what I mentioned a few sentences ago would want to live there. Even if you take care of your property, you have trash blowing all over the streets,junkies looking for stuff to steal,cars broken into,sirens blaring all night long, and so on and so on. That doesn’t even scratch the surface. What about the percentage of people that actually pay taxes, lets see, Roland Park,Canton,Fells Point,Little Italy,maybe a few more but not many. The political leaders are more worried about their bs pet projects than they are funding the police and fire dept. The school system rates at the bottom of the list for the entire country. These are facts! I could go on for days but I think you get the point.

    • cab

      I’ve lived in “better places” and I always come back home to Baltimore. There’s a vibrancy in this city that other places simply can’t match.

      Fires and shootings happen everywhere from New York to L.A. If you think otherwise, you live in a dream world.

      • joe

        Yes they do happen other places,but not at the rate they do in Baltimore City

  • tg

    i was born in raised in baltimore, i relocated my familty to parkville 3 years ago. my 3 sons are now employed and onr is in college. two of my sons have lost close to ten friends between the both of them on baltimore steets within the last 2 years. Its what you make it, if your’re tired and want better, its best to relocate, my opinion. Unfortunately the statistics speak for themselves, baltimore is a dangerous city.

  • shurteez

    @Jennifer thank you

  • Judah Baruch

    We need one another to surviive especially in the times that we are living in. We are called by God to pray for one another’s well-being. We are called to pray for those in authority in Baltimore and the citizens of Baltimore. God will hear and answer our prayers that we lift up to Him concerning one another. We say to the famiilies and citizens of Baltimore be encouraged and be comforted by the God of all comfort.

  • Ashley Milbourne

    omg i was in line and it was too cold to wait so we left at 11pm

  • Lisa

    WOW it is disgusting that there are so many negative comments when there are families mourning their loved ones this morning. The young man had an amazing voice and sang on the choir with my daughter. He was a wonderful person, father and someone’s child and not a product of his living “conditions” as some have put it. Please respect all families that are grieving and if you don’t Baltimore remember you aren’t forced to live here, try South Central LA or Biloxi Mississippi instead.

    • brittney

      Ok I am a 20 year old female born and raised in baltimore.I am not poor but I’m also not rich.I’m a single mom that’s works in nursing and did it all without bein on drugs or bein in the streets.so when I hear someone calling my city a dump obviously there life is a fairytale and they would not beable to survive a day in this city.You don’t have to relocate your children for them to be successful.You raise your children not the streets.if u had to move b/c you were afraid of your kids becoming drug addicted or whatever you are a poor person at discipline or parenting skills and I’m sorry, not to sound racist but your probably white too and just do not understand why we have some of the issues we have here, so please……keep your comments to yourself b/c they don’t matter anyway..: )GOD REST THEIR SOULS

      • brittney

        First of all miss.who ever u r u come to Baltimore and see if u can handle it obviosly not and miss u do not if I’m black or white AZZ. Your azz is racist. And fyi I went to a Baltimore County high school location has nothing to do with anything. That did not make me any different from anybody else.I’m a nurse @ the age of 21 wat the hell r u doin. Some people jus like you don’t understand the reality of life were not in your fantasy world hun. And of course u want to be like us and can’t manage real life substances. I don’t have to be ignorant to intemidate you u kno nothing about but be careful who you try to insult.

      • brittney

        First of all miss.who ever u r u come to Baltimore and see if u can handle it obviosly not and miss u do not if I’m black or white AZZ. Your azz is racist. And fyi I went to a Baltimore County high school location has nothing to do with anything. That did not make me any different from anybody else.I’m a nurse @ the age of 21 wat the hell r u doin. Some people jus like you don’t understand the reality of life were not in your fantasy world hun. And of course u want to be like us and can’t manage real life substances. I don’t have to be ignorant to intemidate you u kno nothing about but be careful who you try to insult.

      • rose

        Baltimore has so many black racists it is not funny. Oh boo hoo and your stupid issues.and it is
        you are or you’re not your.
        Product of Baltimore City Schools no doubt…..

    • Tim

      Two other areas of this country filled with filthy animals

  • photoguy 1953

    I still dont understand how you can bath get your money together plan for a good time and before you walk out the door to enjoy your nite out you get a weapon.

  • john

    Baltimore city is a dump, it’s like a war zone down here and it seems like know body wants to change anything. I pray for the baltimore city police to do what they have to make back home every night.

    • Milady

      It’ll get better if YOU stay away. Either you’re a part of the solution or a part of the problem.

  • terry

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this Officers family. This mayor has know clue of what the men and women of the police and fire dept. due. Stay safe for this city has become very violent.

  • kenneth

    I pray for this city. It has problems but everybody is not a thug or crook. If you are not a part of solution keep stupid comments to yourself. And person who commented about they will give your children drugs they have plenty in every county. They come here everyday to buy them,

  • josh

    @Brittney I’m white and i understand all the issues Baltimore has as I’m in the worst neighborhoods on a daily basis….One of the problems, just as you’ve demonstrated, is ignorance (highlighted by your poor grammar)

    • brittney

      @ JOSH. Listen I may talk however want to talk to here making this comment.I do not.I repeat.DO NOt have to use correct grammar ( as you may want to call it) to your liking. If you could not understand what I also was saying or could not make a comment on the topic of my statement there was absolutely no reason for you to try and assasinate my character……..what is your purpose in life

      • chris

        Hey Josh!! Brittney is right, she doesn’t have to speak with proper grammer, if she chooses not to. LMAO!!! Ignorance is Bliss is it not?

  • s dot

    only people that had a weapon were the cops. no knowledge of any civilian discharging.

    • joe

      Oh my, a whole new level. Go back to sleep please


    Yeah police often have gun fights with each other outside of nightclubs in Baltimore City.People like sdot is why the city is the way it is TRASH….

  • WePhotogenic.com

    If the police would not have started shooting, then no one would have died. Once the investigation is complete, they will find out that the officer and the civilian were both killed by police gunfire. Police are always so quick to shoot, and justice is never served against them. However, when one of these dirty police officers are killed, its a national tragedy. I have friends that were at Select Lounge and they told me exactly what went down. And for all of you people that hate this city so much, LEAVE!!!

    You people always want to complain about the problem instead of being part of the solution. I was born and raised in West Baltimore, and I am a college graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering. The problem lies with adults not being responsible parents and these schools that only care about improving test scores and not improving the children. My condolences go out to all the victims

  • Sean Scott

    The problem is Baltimore’s black people! I’m Black and I have no problem saying that Baltimore’s black people are far above in average to act out like violent and uncivilized savages! None of of this stuff happens in White bars and clubs. This proves my point. Close all clubs where Baltimore’s Blacks like to go.

  • johny cakes

    I hope the mayor is glad she cut the police and fire pay.

  • Romee

    Every city has its issue if your scared of living in baltimore its many other cities that would be glad to accept your tax dollars. I was also born and raise in baltimore and also visited other cities in this great country and I have witness the same thing in the white black and mexican bars clubs. The U.S. as a whole has a problem with violence look what has best ratings on tv first 48, cops, and the countless csi series. People just need to raise their kids and not let the city or neighborhoods they live in do it

  • Sean Scott

    Let’s not logic be cast aside by political correctness! Face it, Black people in Baltimore have a far above average level of accepted violence in their communities. These shootings never happen in the White clubs and bars in Fells Point!

  • Milady

    I’m perplexed at how we can go from people being shot by the police (as the situation is) to Baltimore is a DUMP. Please go away-play in traffic. Don’t insult my lineage because you can’t handle what’s here. Not everyone here is a violent criminal, thug, or welfare queen. This is a city 75% full of law-abiding, tax-paying citizens like many other. If you cannot be a part of a good solution, then you will continue to be a part of a growing problem.

  • old school

    Let’s see.. man meets woman…. marries woman ..has children ..raises them together .. children thrive and prosper..as does society at large. days gone by. scenario 2 .. woman meets man .. has child…man takes off.. government pays woman to raise child..woman now has a home business . producing children to get larger checks .. children become dysfunctional thus providing more governmental expense for some new syndrome or another….children then become violent…..society suffers dearly. need I continue? Single parents families DO NOT WORK . go ahead .. cite the exception to support the rule.

    • Lajuju

      Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby and Tom Cruise all grew up in single parent homes. There are plenty of ppl who abuse the system and they come from many backgrounds. There is one group in Baltimore that populates the Park Heights /Pikesville area who receive a large amount of government services and will tell you it is their responsibility to reproduce even when they cannot feasibly afford it….and they are not african american

      • old school

        Are they producing moral , upstanding citizens? If you are referring to the group I think you are , then the answer is yes, then I would conclude that .it is money well spent. Society reaping some benefit for it’s tax dollars. citing Bill Clinton as a product of single parent child rearing.. astutely accurate. for he will NEVER BE given as a paradigm of integrity or honesty. thank you for your support.

    • shurteez

      First Prayers to all the families . Old school no disrespect but don’t put single parents down ,not all single parents are on welfare or have been on welfare ,I raised my daughter as a single mother. I have my masters and my daughter graduated high school and college. U have kids who come from 2 parent home that are minis to society. Disruptive people come from all cultures, 2 or 1 parent homes. It your choice as a individual to choose your path .

      • old school

        My Dear Shurteez.. I am sorry for your loss… the single parent scenario to which you ascribe yourself to.. although still the exception…. is not the particular group to which I refer..you know the group .. which is far and away the majority in the single parent discussion. The 2 parent family or even the communal approach to child rearing yields far better results that a system that promotes and/or condones young women to conceive ( without forethought of the requirements needed to raise a child,) children without benefit of support, (we not only contribute half of our DNA to a child…we also contribute a needed psychological component particularly when the child/children are male.

      • old school

        Then it is a selfish choice .. knowing full well that the odds are not in your childs favor..once again..you are using the exception to support the rule .I am sorry if the reality of this offends you. I wish that the results of single parent child rearing were otherwise.

      • shurteez

        @old school no offense taken, I am not selfish her father died from brain cancer,so I became a single parent . All I’m saying is every single parent sometimes not by choice is not on welfare or a lot of children to get a bigger check don’t put everyone in the same category.

    • VICKI

      Not all single parent households thrive on welfare. I am the product of a single parent home and had no idea what welfare was until friends in junior high talked about it. My mother worked very hard at raising three children by herself. We are all productive members of society, no drugs, alcohol, or criminal history. I myself am divorced and have had three children graduate from high school, two are in college and one is employed full time as a certified auto mechanic. Oh did I mention I was born and raised in Baltimore and I am a product of Baltimore City Public Schools. There is your exception to the rule.

      • old school

        kudos .. but at least you recognize that you..are.. in fact the exception.. some people just can’t figure out what that statement actually means..

    • joe


  • mama

    Let’s remember that this is a public discussion forum and everyone is allowed to voice their opinion. Just because you personally do not agree with what someone else says does not give you the right to put them down. The facts stand that Baltimore does have a lot of crime. However, look at Harrisburg. It is just as bad, if not worse. But there are people who live in those areas that do not get involved with drugs and crime and love the areas.. That is their right. They are entitled to their opinion and so are the one’s who feel it is a ‘dump.’ Let’s stop trying to hand on every word that someone says and keep the people who died or were injured in our prayers.

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