Baltimore Chef Killed During Robbery, Despite Putting His Hands Up

A Baltimore man raised his hands during a robbery outside his home early Wednesday — but he was shot to death anyway.

“Mike didn’t deserve to have his hands in the air and be shot,” said friend Mark Dennis, a photographer in the mayor’s office. “It’s like, for what? Why?”

Michael Bates, 46, was standing outside his apartment in the 4600 block of Pen Lucy Road in Southwest Baltimore shortly before 2:30 a.m. when robbers approached, police said.

A woman who was with Bates told police they had their hands up when a robber fired. She was unharmed.