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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