1 shot, another beaten in fight at Baltimore hotel

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Posted: Dec 06, 2009 6:12 PM

One man was shot in the face and another was severely beaten when a fight erupted early Sunday during a birthday party at a downtown Baltimore hotel, police said.

A woman had rented two adjoining hotel rooms for a birthday party with about 20 young adults when a fight broke out between two 19-year-old men, Raymond Woodland and Marquis Johnson, police said. It's unclear what started the fight, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Guglielmi said Woodland pulled out a Tech-9 semiautomatic machine pistol and fired one shot, striking Johnson in the face. Then two of Johnson's friends took the gun, held Woodland down and severely beat him, police said.

Woodland was in critical condition, while Johnson was in serious condition and expected to survive, Guglielmi said.

Woodland, who is on probation for earlier drug charges, was expected to be charged with attempted murder, assault and illegal weapons charges when he's released from the hospital, Guglielmi said. Guglielmi said he didn't know if Woodland has an attorney.

Two men were expected to be charged Sunday night with beating Woodland, Guglielmi said.

Officers found the Tech-9 in the room where the party was held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel shortly after they arrived around 3:15 a.m.