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March 23, 2014

Murder suspect sought

The man murdered in a nightclub shooting early Sunday morning died protecting others, a friend and co-worker said.

Meanwhile, the murder suspect remained at large late Sunday night.

“Bruno” was a security guard at Las Delicias Bar, at 511 E. Morris St., where he was working when he was shot and killed in the bar parking lot just before 1 a.m., said a man who identified himself only as Junior. Junior, who also works security, said he is nightclub owner’s son. It was unclear who owns the bar. Junior said he did not know Bruno’s last name.

The shooting suspect, 20-year-old Orlando Ramirez, whose last known address was 209 Beulah Drive in Dalton, still had not been captured as of Sunday evening. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and white checkered hooded sweatshirt.

Police have taken out warrants for Ramirez on the charges homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. He was seen driving a late 1990s model burgundy Honda Accord with black wheels, according to a press release from the Dalton Police Department. The car was last seen westbound on Morris Street. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ramirez is asked to call Detective Chris Tucker at (706) 278-9085, ext. 165 or dial 911.

Two others, Juvencio Vega-Garcia, 20, of 903 N. Hamilton St., and Fernando Antoio Resendiz, 21, of 1601 Beverly Drive, were arrested Sunday and charged with one count each of homicide for being accessories to the crime. Both were believed to have been with Ramirez before, during and after the shooting, the release states.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the shooting, police spokesman Bruce Frazier said.

“Whatever happened happened outside of the bar,” Frazier said. “It happened very quickly. It wasn’t a matter of a fight escalating to something.”

Another man, also a security guard at the club, was shot and was taken to Hamilton Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Officials had not released the names of the victims late Sunday evening pending notification of family, Frazier said.

A makeshift memorial with roses, white balloons and votives with images of Jesus and Mary the mother of Jesus on them was set up outside the nightclub where Bruno was killed. Friends gathered around the memorial crying Sunday afternoon.

“There are no words right now,” said one friend who declined to give his name. “He was a really friendly person.”

Junior said he was not working at the club when the shooting happened, but he came by as soon as he heard about it. He said he did not know what caused the shooting.

“He was always smiling,” Junior said of Bruno. “He was a very happy person. Very caring. He was trying to protect everyone else.”

The bar is in the basement of the Quick Stop convenience store, which Tulsidas Patel owns. Since the store closes at 9 p.m., no one was there when the shooting happened, Patel said. Patel, who has been at the location for seven years, said there had not been any previous problems at the bar.

This is the second murder in Whitfield County this month. Authorities have charged Skyy Raven-Marie Mims with the murder of Dayahbhai Kalidas Chaudhari on March 9 at the Hi-Tech Fuel gas station at 3385 Airport Road. She is being held in the Whitfield County jail without bond.

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