The two men who were shot, one fatally, over the weekend outside a nightclub in Dalton were security guards, police said Monday.
And detectives said they were shot because they refused to allow the alleged shooter inside the nightclub.
Mr. Bruno Rodriguez, 28, of Utility Road, died at the scene and Mr. Daniel Maldano-Flores, 37, was treated and released late Sunday morning from Hamilton Medical Center, according to Dalton police.
With the help of witnesses and footage from surveillance video, investigators said they were able to piece together what happened.
Both Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Maldanado-Flores were working security at the Las Delicias bar at 511 East Morris St. when the shooting happened shortly before 12:45 a.m., police spokesman Mr. Bruce Frazier said in a news release.
Mr. Orlando Ramirez and Mr. Juvencio Vega Garcia, both 20, got out of a car parked in the front of the building and walked around the back of the bar, which is located downstairs.
“Orlando Ramirez attempted to enter the bar but was denied entry because he was only 20 years old,” Mr. Frazier said. “Ramirez produced a gun and fired a shot, which hit Daniel Maldanado-Flores in the leg.”
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,” Mr. Frazier said. “Ramirez shot Rodriguez in the head and killed him.”
Mr. Ramirez chased Mr. Maldanado-Flores and shot him again, this time striking him in the neck. Still, Mr. Maldanado-Flores was able to run away.
“Orlando Ramirez them attempted to enter the bar, but the door had been locked from inside,” Mr. Frazier said.
During the shooting, Mr. Garcia ran back to the car and the alleged driver, Mr. Fernando Resendiz, pulled away before circling back to pick up Mr. Ramirez.
Both Mr. Garcia and Mr. Resendiz were interviewed and then charged with murder in connection to the crime.
Police were still searching for Mr. Ramirez late Monday night.
His last known address was 209 Beulah Drive in Dalton. Police said he may be driving a burgundy or dark red two door 1995-1997 Honda Accord with black wheels. It was last seen traveling westbound on Morris Street.
Whitfield County Sheriff's deputies and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol are assisting with the search.
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Police describe Mr. Ramirez as being brown-eyed, 5-foot-7 and weighing 160 pounds with a tattoo of a tear drop under his right eye. He is a documented member of the Hard Time Surenos gang, and his street name is “Smiley.”
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as well as the Department of Homeland Security are assisting in the search.
Anyone with information about Mr. Ramirez’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Chris Tucker at (706) 278-9085, ext. 165, or call 911.