The two victims in a Sunday morning shooting have been identified as two security guards who responded after the shooter — a documented gang member — tried to come inside the bar even though he was underage, officials said.
Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said Bruno Rodriguez, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, and another security guard, who asked not to be identified in media reports, was also shot in the incident.
The second security guard was treated and released later Sunday morning from Hamilton Medical Center. Both men were working security at Las Delicias, a nightclub at 511 E. Morris St. Police say Orlando Ramirez, 20, whose last known address was 209 Beulah Drive in Dalton, shot the security guards and is being sought.
According to a police news release, at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, officers were sent to Las Delicias after reports of shots being fired. Shortly before the shots were fired, Ramirez and 20-year-old Juvencio Vega Garcia “got out of a car parked in the front of the building and walked around the back of the building to the door of the bar which is located downstairs,” according to the release.
“Orlando Ramirez attempted to enter the bar but was denied entry because he was only 20 years old. Ramirez produced a gun and fired a shot which hit (the second security guard) in the leg at which time the group of people gathered near the door scattered into the parking lot.
“Ramirez ran backwards into the parking lot and Bruno Rodriguez attempted to tackle Ramirez. Ramirez shot Rodriguez in the head and killed him. Ramirez then tried to chase (the second security guard) and shot him again hitting him in the neck. (The security guard) was able to run away. Orlando Ramirez then attempted to enter the bar, but the door had been locked from inside.”
Officials said Garcia ran and got back inside a car parked in front of the building during the shooting, and getaway driver Fernando Resendiz pulled away before circling back to pick up Ramirez.
Police are reviewing surveillance video taken from a convenience store in the upstairs portion of the building.
Garcia, of 903 N. Hamilton St., and Resendiz, of 1601 Beverly Drive, were arrested after interviews at the police department and were charged as homicide accessories to the crime.
Authorities are still looking for Ramirez, and while Frazier said officials haven’t narrowed down what area he may be in, he said investigators are “chasing down a lot of leads.”
Ramirez is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and a tattoo of a teardrop under his right eye. He was last seen wearing a black and white checkered hooded sweatshirt. He is a documented member of the Hard Time Surenos gang, and his street name is “Smiley.”
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force is assisting the Dalton Police Department in the investigation along with deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Orlando “Smiley” Ramirez is asked to contact Detective Chris Tucker at (706) 278-9085, ext. 165.