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Family confirms co-owner of Papa Hill's Fish Grill is one of two men killed in Baltimore shooting

Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 21:00:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to the Baltimore Police Department, Demetrius Tanner, 32, from Bakersfield was one of two men shot and killed during a shooting that unfolded last Thursday in Baltimore.

Police said they responded the 2500 block of Brookefield Avenue on Oct, 17, around 3:15 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

When police arrived on scene investigators said they found Tanner and Frank Payne, 23, suffering from gunshot wounds to the head.

Police said Tanner and Payne were both taken to a nearby hospital where they both died from their injuries, but at this time there is no suspect information.

Family and friends also confirmed with 23ABC News that Tanner was a co-owner of the local business, Papa Hill's Fish Grill.

Employees at Tanner's restaurant told 23ABC News that last night they held a vigil in front of the restaurant in memory of Tanner and that as of now they plan to keep the restaurant open in South Bakersfield.

Family members told 23ABC News that they are unsure why Tanner was in Baltimore and that they don't know anything about his relationship to Payne.

Family members told 23ABC News that Tanner was not involved in any street gangs.

However, the Bakersfield Police Department told 23ABC News that Tanner was a documented Country Boy Cripp and that he has faced drug and firearm possession charges in the past.

Court Documents show that Tanner was sentenced to two years in Jail but he only served 41 days and was released on good behavior.

Family members also said that Tanner leaves behind seven kids.

The Bakersfield Police Department told 23ABC News that they have been contact with the Baltimore Police Department to help provide Tanner's background information from here in Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Police officials said they will continue to provide any information that the Baltimore Police Department finds helpful in their investigation.

If you have information regarding this case you are urged to contact the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100