Arrest in July 4 Inner Harbor stabbing

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A concerned citizen snapped a photo of the suspect in the stabbing murder of an Alabama man at the Inner Harbor after the July Fourth fireworks display. Police said the picture was “instrumental” in the capture of Marcus Sterling Harris, 32, who turned himself in to police on Saturday afternoon. Photos courtesy Baltimore Police Department

The man who allegedly stabbed and killed a man at the Inner Harbor shortly after the July 4 fireworks has turned himself in.

Marcus Sterling Harris, 32, surrendered to police on Saturday afternoon. Police have charged him with first-degree murder, assault charges, and deadly weapon charges.

Harris is suspected of murdering Joseph L. Calo, age 26, of Opelika, Ala., during a fight outside the McCormick & Schmick seafood restaurant on July 4.

Police said that a group of men, including Harris and the victim’s brother, were fighting on the walkway by McCormick & Schmick on the east side of the Inner Harbor. That fight was broken up, but then Calo approached Harris and “reengaged,” police said. During that fight Harris allegedly slashed Calo’s neck with a broken beer bottle.

Calo died that night at the University of Maryland Shock-Trauma Center. He had been visiting relatives who live in Baltimore.

Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silber said that the Police Department was provided with a cell phone photo of the suspect taken during the incident, and the department immediately provided the photo to newspapers and television stations, and posted the photo on Facebook and other social media sites.

Silber said that tips poured in after the photo was published. Several tips led homicide detectives to Harris, and he arranged to turn himself in.

Harris has a record of arrests for assault, theft, trespassing and narcotics distribution.

Police are still investigating a gunshot, apparently fired into the air, that struck a four-year-old boy walking with his parents at Pratt and Light streets immediately after the fireworks.

Police said the boy was hit by a stray bullet and that he was not the target.

The boy was wounded in his right leg, but is recovering quickly.

Anyone with information about the random gunshot should call 1-866-7LOCKUP (756-2587).

by Jacqueline Watts

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