Seven people were arrested for disorderly conduct or assault after fights broke out outside Recher Theatre early Sunday morning.
Brian Recher, owner of the theater, said tickets for a clothing drive hosted Saturday night were sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Recher said the event was put on by the Theta Mu Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a post-collegiate group not affiliated with any university.
Once the venue was filled to capacity, people were turned away, he said.
"Everybody inside was well-behaved," he said. "Everybody had a great time; there were no problems."
Baltimore County police said fights erupted among those waiting outside the Recher who did not gain admission to the event. The crowd totaled an estimated 2,500 people.
Initial reports incorrectly identified The Greene Turtle as the location where the incident occurred.
In a statement, police said additional officers and K9 units assisted those who were already assigned to the area to control the violence. They noted that the majority of people were cooperative. However, seven arrests were made.
The identities of those arrested and the charges against them are listed below from a police news release:
- Junior Ramsey, 23, of the 6600 block of 24th Street in Hyattsville was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
- Steven Daniels, 25, of the 800 block of Dartmouth Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, obstructing and hindering, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
- Dimante Fox, 19, of the 1300 block of Pentwood Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second degree-assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
- Chad Schultz, 24, of the 2300 block of Chetwood Circle in Lutherville-Timonium was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order.
- Benjamin Aduna, 21, of the unit block of Brookings Court in Parkville was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
- Two additional suspects were charged on criminal citations for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
Three officers received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assaults, police said.
Detectives are also investigating the shooting of a 20-year-old man, which they said is connected with the fights, contrary to initial reports. The man flagged down an officer after he was shot in the hand.
The man was shot by another man who was inside a dark colored vehicle, the release reads. The man, who had come to attend the Recher Theatre event, was walking to his own car, which was parked at a garage in the Towson Town Center. Police said the shooter fled in the vehicle.
Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said Recher Theatre is well-respected in the local business community.
"It was just an unfortunate, isolated incident," she said.
Councilman David Marks, who spent much of the day communicating with police, business owners and Towson University representatives echoed Hafford's sentiments. He said he did not hear much complaints about the incident from community members.
"I do think, however, that as development continues [in that area], we need to start talking about increased security," he said.