Baltimore officers shot, one killed

BALTIMORE — Two Baltimore police officers were shot, one of them fatally, when gunfire erupted early Sunday outside a club near downtown. Six people in all were shot and two killed.

Three sources said detectives are exploring whether the officer who was killed was shot by another officer in a chaotic scene outside the Select Lounge.

The shootings occurred around 1:15 a.m. when police were called to break up fights and control a crowd outside the club in the Seton Hill neighborhood, said Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

"There was an altercation that took place very near the club and some officers worked to intercede in that fight, at which time some gunshots were discharged," Bealefeld said. "Several officers fired multiple shots."

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was in its early stages, said witnesses told detectives that the officer who was shot was in plainclothes and was being attacked by a group of people.

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