A late-night go-go dance at an Anne Arundel County motel ended in pandemonium early yesterday when an unidentified man opened fire with a shotgun on a group of young people lingering in the parking lot, according to police.

Four people were wounded by the gunman and a College Park youth was killed by a fleeing car as panic overtook the crowd at a Holiday Inn at 3400 Laurel Fort Meade Rd. (Route 198) near Fort Meade and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Police said an additional three people were injured as cars fled the scene, causing frightened young people to run onto Route 198 to escape gunfire.

Anne Arundel police said John Smith, 17, of the 4900 block of Lakeland Road in College Park, died of injuries received when he was struck by a car. Smith was flown to the shock trauma unit at Prince George's County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one has been charged in the incident, police said.

Four young people were taken to Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital for treatment of superficial gunshot wounds, police said.

Injured in the melee were Antonio Coleman, of the 7700 block of Gray Mount Avenue in Landover; Teresle Jones, 20, of the 3000 block of Reistertown Road in Baltimore; Dorothy Ann Savage, 22, of the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle Road in Severn; and Candice Bridgette Howard, 19, of the 7800 block of Meade Village Circle Road in Severn.

Jones said several hundred people were attending a performance by The Junkyard Band when fighting broke out on the dance floor about 1:30 a.m.

Security personnel evicted the party-goers, and as they spilled out into the parking lot they were fired on by one of the men who had been fighting, Jones said.

"We were just in there having fun. All of a sudden everybody started fighting, throwing chairs. It was like the whole party was fighting," she said. When the crowd was ejected, she said, she came out and saw the gunman.

Jones said the man, dressed in denim shorts and a white cap, began firing into a crowd of 30 to 40 people with a shotgun.

"He was standing up on top of the hill, pointing a gun at the entrance of the Holiday Inn," Jones said. "I was already out, and I was coming across {the parking lot}. It seemed like he was trying to aim at all the people standing at the entrance of the door. Everybody started running."

She said she was hit in the leg and took refuge in the hotel lobby, but had to flee again because fighting broke out there. "About 20 guys were fighting in the lobby. They had Mace, fire extinguishers, clubs, baseball bats," she said.

Jones said she has attended two previous go-go dances at the Holiday Inn in recent weeks and there was nearly a fight at the last one.

Jones said alcoholic beverages were sold at the event. She said she was not asked for identification at the door, but some patrons were required to prove their age when they ordered a drink.

Holiday Inn manager Nick Merza declined to comment yesterday on the incident.

Police said they found two spent shotgun shells at the site, but were unable to determine the identity of the gunman or his motive.

After the shootings, police said, two vehicles struck the four people. One of the drivers remained at the scene. She was not been charged in the incident. Police said the woman was driving on Route 198 when young people ran into the roadway.

Police identified the three people injured by cars as Daryl Mathers, 18, of the 11000 block of South Laurel Drive, Laurel; Darrell Smith, of the 6100 block of Longfellow Road, Riverdale; and Cory Smith, whose address was not given.