A month after two gay men were shot on East Chase Street near the Belvedere Hotel, police have not arrested any suspects. Joseph Alexander “Alex” Ulrich, Jr., 40, was killed in the Aug. 10 attack. He had recently moved to Baltimore from Gettysburg, Pa., to start a career in photography. The other victim, Lawrence R. Peterson, 56, remains hospitalized and is slowly recovering from multiple surgeries. Peterson, who owns the Empire Inn, is regarded as a neighborhood leader.
Det. Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore Police Department had described one of the assailants to the Blade as a black male of average height with a medium build who was wearing dark clothes and a black baseball cap. He described the second person as a short, heavy-set black female who was wearing dark clothing and a skull cap.
Following the shootings, police could not identify a motive and said there is no evidence that the attack was a hate crime based on sexual orientation,
In an email to the Blade this week, Det. Silbert stated, “Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detectives at 410-396-2100.”