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Authorities identify suspect in Pasco bottle club shooting fatality

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies are searching for a gunman who killed a man and injured a teenager at a nightclub early Saturday.

The shooting happened inside Club Nocturnal, 4527 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, about 3:30 a.m.

Several women were arguing when a man opened fire, deputies said. Irvin Watts Jr., 28, of Tarpon Springs, died. Craig Fowler, 17, of Tarpon Springs, was injured.

Deputies were searching for John Quincy Singleton Jr., 21. Singleton also is a suspect in a Jan. 16 armed robbery and aggravated battery, authorities said.

Singleton was described as black, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with dreadlocks. He is known to frequent Dade City, Lacoochee, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Tarpon Springs, officials said.

Gus Hudson, Fowler's grandfather, said he did not know what occurred at Club Noctural. He said Fowler was recovering at Community Hospital.

"I feel great for him," said Hudson, 62. "But I feel sorry for the other boy, who died."

Watts' family declined comment.

Club Noctural B.Y.O.B. faces a rear parking lot next to Gulf Harbor Medical Clinic. Visitors ascend a staircase to get to a bar and dance floor.

Empty liquor bottles and plastic cups littered the empty bar Saturday. A woman's gold shoe lay on the dance floor, as if someone left in a hurry.

A sign on the wall read: THIS IS A PRIVATE CLUB. YOU WILL BE SEARCHED. ALL WEAPONS AND GUNS WILL BE CONFISCATED."

Deputies did not release further details about the shooting but asked anyone with information to call them at (727) 844-7711.

Authorities identify suspect in Pasco bottle club shooting fatality 05/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 15, 2010 7:44pm]
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