Owner of a social club in Waterbury is shot and killed; suspect is arrested

Police in Waterbury are looking into the shooting death of Salsa Tropical Social club’s proprietor on Saturday night in the parking lot.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire at Salsa Tropical Social Club at 406 Watertown Avenue at about 11:11 p.m. Officers arrived and discovered a crime scene’s remnants in the parking lot.

Before police got on the scene, a victim was discovered, shot outside of Salsa Tropical Social Club, and taken to Waterbury Hospital.

According to authorities, the guy died in the hospital after succumbing to his injuries. The victim, 51-year-old Waterbury resident Dennis Santos, who also owns the social club, was named by Waterbury police.

Officers were able to establish that a group of people and a suspect got into a fight earlier in the social club’s parking lot. Ramon Rodriguez, 44, of Waterbury was named by police as the suspect.

When Santos was hit by gunfire, Rodriguez, according to the police, began firing rounds at people in the parking lot area.

Rodriguez reportedly ran away from the scene but was quickly found and arrested, according to the police.

According to the police, a loaded gun was also found. Rodriguez was charged with murder, reckless endangerment in the first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm in a moving vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, altering a firearm’s identification mark, and second-degree breach of peace.

He’s being held right now on a $2 million bond.

The event is being looked into by the major crime detectives of the Waterbury Police Department.

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