Date: November 02, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Shooting at Latino Night Club Injures One, Suspect At Large

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into a shooting that took place at the Latino Night Club, 1325 North Combee in Lakeland, just after midnight on Saturday evening, November 1, 2003. 

Witnesses and bouncers at the club reported the suspect, who is a tall Hispanic male only known to them by the nickname "Pinky", went to his vehicle, a white Dodge minivan, and fired four shots from a semi-automatic handgun into a crowd of people standing outside the club's front doors. Javier Quintero, DOB 2/23/83, of 5914 U.S. Hwy 92W in Plant City, was shot once in the lower back as a result.  He was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he is in stable condition. Quintero did not know the suspect.

Bouncers at the club know "Pinky", having banned him from or not allowing him into the club on several occasions, including this one. He has made threats against the bouncers in the past.  Detectives believe he was aiming at the bouncers when he fired the gun, as he had just been denied access into the club by them. "Pinky" is described as Hispanic, around 6'2" tall, and may live in the Wahneta area. Once apprehended, he will be charged with Attempted Murder, and Shooting into an Occupied Building.
 

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