BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police say a dispute at a Fells Point bar ended in murder early Friday morning.

“It appears that there was an argument between two individuals—one being the victim. That argument eventually went outside then back into the bar, where eventually the victim was shot,” said Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle. “This was not a random act. We know—or we’re starting to believe—that the victim knows the assailant. People can be assured that this was not targeted, and they should just go about their daily lives.”

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According to police, the murder happened inside of the Blarney Stone Pub on South Broadway.

Councilman Zeke Cohen represents the area. “This is not only senseless but completely unacceptable. That type of violence puts others in danger and it resulted in the death of one of our citizens,” said Cohen.

He encouraged people to support the merchants in the area, which he called one of the city’s safest.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration—along with Baltimore Police—served a search warrant in the case on Friday afternoon less than a half mile away at a bar in Canton.

There was a massive police presence that alarmed people in the area.

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“It was terrifying. My goodness, I was sweating bullets,” Lindsay Warrick told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. She said she was prevented from leaving her business for about a half hour. “There was an armored car and snipers,” she said.

Police have not identified the suspect.

The murder is Baltimore’s 301st in 2018.  “We’ve got to do more. We have to work harder. We have to think outside the box more,” said Tuggle. “Crime in Baltimore didn’t come to this level overnight. It’s not gonna to be fixed overnight, but I am encouraged…by the incremental steps that we’re taking to curb it.”

Gail Furman owns Max’s in Fells Point. She’s run the popular bar for decades. “We have private security from 11am until 4am, violent crime is down 33%. It is safe to come to Fells Point..bring your family,” Furman said.

“Unfortunately, tragically, someone did lose their life over an argument. It’s horrible, horrible. My saying for 2019 is just he nice and if we were all nice to each other, we wouldn’t have these instances.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide detectives at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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