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    New thread started from post #235 in the "15 year old girl beat up in front of 3 guards" thread.

    Guard at Bank of America killed downtown -- Update

    A security guard working an overnight shift at the Bank of America building in downtown Baltimore was shot and killed early Saturday when police said he tried to quell a dispute over a woman that erupted between a friend and several other men who had just left a nightclub.

    Police identified the guard as James Ball, 38. He had worked for Wackenhut, a private security company hired by the building’s owners. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after being shot twice, at least once in the chest, according to police.

    The shooting occurred a few minutes after 2 a.m. as patrons were leaving clubs scattered across downtown.

    Extra police typically patrol the area during these hours because of the large, boisterous crowds. Last year, a series of violent robberies and shootings at and around the Inner Harbor and in Mount Vernon and Mid-Town Belvedere raised questions about safety.

    For more, including an interview with the victim's brother:

    Baltimore police chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a 25-year-old man and his girlfriend had just left a downtown club, which he refused to identify, and were walking to their car parked near the bank at 10 Light St.

    The woman went to the car and the man stopped to chat with Ball, with whom he was friends, just at the bank entrance. As they talked, a group of men approached the car “and made advances toward the female,” Guglielmi said.

    Ball, who was unarmed, and his friend walked to the car and argued with the men, but the exchange escalated, the spokesman said. “The security guard tired to mediate the dispute,” Guglielmi added.

    Police said one of the men in the group went to his car, returned with a handgun and fired as many as nine shots. Guglielmi said detectives believe the gunman was firing at the 25-year-old man, but missed him and hit the unarmed security guard instead.

    Ball , a West Baltimore native and a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High, was working more than 70 hours a week to pay for the Windsor Mill home he shared with his longtime girlfriend and two young children, said his brother, Austin Ball.

    “He was a hard-working guy,” his brother said. “Things were really looking up for him.”
    Ball had previously worked for the U.S. Postal Service, but, after his hours were cut, took jobs for two different security firms. He worked an eight-hour shift Friday in Columbia before reporting to work at the bank building.

    On the way to Baltimore, James Ball ran out of fuel on I-95 and his brother brought him gasoline and followed him to a filling station. They parted about 1 a.m. Hours later, he learned his brother had been shot.

    “If he had a job to do, he would have given it his all,” Austin Ball said, adding that he was not acquainted with the friend his brother was talking with before the shooting.

    Ball was unarmed at the time of the shooting. His brother said he had submitted paperwork to get a gun permit and expected to receive one in the next couple weeks.

    Guglielmi said the Ball’s friend and girlfriend are cooperating with homicide detectives. He said police have no suspects or people of interest in custody, but investigators are
    reviewing tapes from Citiwatch surveillance and private cameras at the bank.
    Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
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  • #2
    RIP - Brother, Always very sad to see these.
    "This is my mall, It is a place of beauty, of purity, it is a place where lost souls can find a home".


    • #3
      Here we see the other side of the thread about the girl. A man who stood up for others gave his life trying to protect someone. May God have mercy on your soul brother, and may the rest of us, regardless of our feelings, take a moment to reflect on this mans bravery.


      • #4
        This thread exposes yet another... irony (?) tragedy (?), injustice (?)... about private security officers: Here we have a hero, losing his life in the service of others...

        and being on the other end of the continent, I hadn't heard a thing about him, either on network news, or on the 'net.

        RIP, Brother.

        If anyone has any further information on S/O Ball's LODD, please feel free to update us here. We honor such the Fallen by gleaning lessons learned through their losses; the greater tragedy would be for us to fail to learn.
        "I'll defend with my life your right to disagree with me" - anonymous


        • #5
          RIP Brother..The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.