Sunday, February 25, 2018
Public safety

Teen charged in random fatal shooting outside Hillsborough club

TAMPA — After the first deadly shooting, Greg Burgos asked authorities what he could do to make Club 301 a safer place. Their advice: employ more security officers and install security cameras. That was six years ago.

Early Sunday, cameras were rolling and armed officers were on patrol when a second shooting happened. A club regular, Mirabel Sanchez-Garza, 49, of Plant City was left dead. Later that day, 18-year-old Dougie Glidden of Dover was arrested on a second-degree murder charge.

Burgos, owner of the nightclub at 8222 U.S. 301 east of Temple Terrace, pondered whether this, the second time someone has been killed on the premises, could have been prevented.

He didn't think so.

"I guess this kid just had a short fuse," he said.

The events leading to Sunday's shooting happened between 2 and 3 a.m., after the club's doors closed to new patrons.

Burgos said Glidden was allowed to be in the club but not permitted to drink because of his age. Glidden had apparently walked out about 2:15 a.m. but then become angry when security officers told him he couldn't come back in, Burgos said. They told him to leave.

After arguing with them, Glidden shoved one of the officers, Burgos said. They then shot pepper spray into his face.

Glidden apparently couldn't let it go. The club's security cameras recorded him walking into the parking lot and punching out the passenger window of a pickup that belonged to one of the club's employees, according to an arrest report. He cut his fists and forearms and left a trial of blood across the parking lot.

At 3 a.m., patrons began to file out of the club. That's when Glidden rode past in a white Jeep Cherokee, pointed a handgun at the crowd and fired randomly, authorities said.

One shot hit Sanchez-Garza in the torso. She died at the scene.

She was a club regular, Burgos said. She was also a distant relative, he said, having come to know Burgos through his sister-in-law.

"It just kind of threw me," he said. "She comes here every weekend. I'm still in shock."

Club 301 caters to a mostly Latin-American crowd, with many regulars from east Hills­borough County. Saturday nights are the biggest draw, with as many as 700 people packing the squat building.

The club was planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Sanchez-Garza at 9 p.m. Monday, according to its website.

The shooting mirrored one that happened shortly after the club opened six years ago, Burgos said. That case is still officially unresolved.

In October 2008, Jeronimo Murilla, 24, got in a fight outside with 18-year-old Rodolfo Lopez Robles. Authorities say Robles pulled a gun and shot and killed Murilla.

Robles was charged with second-degree murder less than two weeks later, but authorities never found him. He remains a fugitive.

Glidden had at least one previous run-in with the club's security officers, shoving one of them after the officer bumped into him accidentally, Burgos said.

After that, officers came to know him as an "aggressive" patron.

Detectives caught up with him Sunday afternoon after Sanchez-Garza's death when he checked himself into South Florida Baptist Hospital for treatment of his wounded hands and arms.

They later searched his home. In his bedroom, they found bloody clothing and a Taurus .380 handgun under his sheets, according to an arrest report.

Glidden, listed in jail records as an electrician, was booked in the Orient Road Jail early Monday without bail. Records show this was his first arrest in Florida.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Dan Sullivan at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386. Follow @TimesDan.

 
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