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Ga. Man Says He Shot at Lewis Car

April 7, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ A suburban Atlanta man told police he shot at Ray Lewis’ limousine as it sped away from a Buckhead intersection where two men lay dying of stab wounds.

Marlin Burros, 33, said he was a friend of Richard Lollar, 24, and Jacinth Baker, 21, who were stabbed to death during a fight after a night of post-Super Bowl partying.

Lewis, an All-Pro linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, and associates Reginald Oakley of Baltimore and Joseph Sweeting of Miami have been charged with murder in the deaths. They go to trial May 15.

The question of who fired the six shots at Lewis’ limo has lingered since the incident. No one was harmed by the shooting, but one of the limo’s tires was flattened.

In a telephone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Burros said he was walking far behind his friends after they left a nightclub. He said he didn’t witness a fight or see who stabbed his friends, but saw the victims lying on the pavement.

``I didn’t know if they were dead, but I knew they were badly hurt,″ he said.

The newspaper reported in Friday editions that Burros, in a statement to authorities on March 16, said he ran back to his vehicle, about 50 feet from the stabbings, to retrieve a .45-caliber pistol.

He said he fired because he wanted the people inside the limo to ``pay″ for what they did.

Burros said he and three other friends drove away from the scene before police and an ambulance arrived.

Asked by a reporter if he expected to be prosecuted for firing the shots, Burros said: ``I don’t know.″

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