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March 25, 2014

Suspected murderer due back in court on Friday

Police investigating second shooting from same night

Accused murderer Orlando Ramirez is in the Whitfield County jail awaiting a Friday bond hearing for the early Sunday morning shootings at a Dalton nightclub that left a security guard dead and another recovering from wounds.

Three others arrested in connection with the shootings also have bond hearings set for Friday.

Dalton police are also investigating a second shooting they say happened the same night, about three hours earlier. Investigators don’t believe the two incidents are related but continue to investigate.

Ramirez, 20, is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault for the shooting death of Bruno Rodriguez, a 28-year-old security guard at Las Delicias on Morris Street, and for shooting a second guard in the neck and leg. Officials said Rodriguez was not carrying a weapon.

Ramirez had a brief hearing before Magistrate Judge Gayle Gazaway Tuesday afternoon in which he was referred to Superior Court for bond consideration. Court before Judge David Blevins is scheduled to begin Friday at 9 a.m.

Juvencio Vega-Garcia, 20, and Fernando Antonio Resendiz, 21, both of Whitfield County, were charged with being homicide accessories to the crime and are also scheduled for a bond hearing at the same time. So is Ramirez’s girlfriend, Alexa Jiminez, 18, of Dalton, who was charged with hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal.

Officials have said Ramirez came to the nightclub around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and began shooting when security guards wouldn’t allow him inside because of his age. They haven’t said what kind of handgun he used and they declined to release information on evidence they said they recovered at a Marietta apartment where Ramirez was found Monday and arrested after a short struggle in which he was shot with a stun gun.

Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said officials don’t believe the shooting that happened just before 10 p.m. in the area of Fredrick Street Saturday night was connected to the Las Delicias shootings, but the investigation is ongoing.

In the Fredrick Street shooting, Julian Hosea Moore, 21, told investigators he and friends were walking across Meeting Street when a dark-colored SUV with several people inside pulled up.

“One of the people in the SUV asked if the group had any PCP,” according to a news release from the police department. “After telling the man that they did not have any drugs, Moore and his friends cut through a field towards Fredrick Street. Moore told investigators a Hispanic man then got out of the car and ran towards him and shot him in the shoulder.

“Moore told investigators that his friends, who he refused to identify, ran away and left him. He told investigators that he then went to a home at 219 Fredrick St., where the resident called 911.”

Moore was taken to Hamilton Medical Center and is expected to fully recover, officials said.

“After the shooting at Las Delicias, investigators considered whether the two incidents may have been related and the available information indicated that the two incidents were separate,” according to the release.

Frazier said that as of late Tuesday, officials had not identified any suspects in that shooting and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Chris Tucker at (706) 278-9085, ext. 165.

Information about fundraisers to help the family of Bruno Rodriguez with expenses is available on the Bruno Rodriguez Memorial Page on Facebook. Those who would like to help are asked to call LeeAnn Jones at (706) 618-4189.

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