Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

One arrested in deadly shooting outside Carrollwood nightclub

TAMPA — A shooting outside a Carrollwood nightclub that left one man dead and another wounded early Saturday may have resulted from an argument over a woman, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested a Mulberry man Saturday afternoon and charged him with being an accessory to the shooting in the parking lot of Whiskey North, an Adirondack Mountains-themed nightclub in a strip mall on N Dale Mabry Highway, sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

Jordan McKenna, 27, of 112 Seven Oaks Drive in Mulberry, got into an argument with Pablo Bonilla, 23, of Tampa after Bonilla spotted the man talking to his girlfriend shortly after 1 a.m., McKinnon said.

The incident ended as just an argument inside the club.

After closing time at 3 a.m., Bonilla, his girlfriend and another man left the club and crossed paths with McKenna, who was inside a dark blue Dodge Charger, deputies reported.

A passenger got out of the car and shot Bonilla and the other man in their upper bodies, killing Bonilla.

Deputies still were searching for the shooter late Saturday. Witnesses were able to identify McKenna, and detectives found him at his home in Mulberry. He was booked into the Polk County jail and charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder with a firearm and accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder with a firearm.

Deputies are not identifying the second shooting victim, who was treated and released from the hospital, because he is considered a witness.

Bonilla's family and friends, who were gathered at a home in West Tampa on Saturday, declined to comment.

The shooting, which took place in a usually quiet suburban area, seemed to shock nearby residents, with many taking to the social network Twitter to share the news.

On its website, Whiskey North describes itself as a "world class night club with two levels" and "authentic Adirondack decor."

Friday nights feature Latin music spun by a DJ. A phone call to the club was not returned.

McKenna will be brought back to Hillsborough County. Deputies still are attempting to identify and find the man who killed Bonilla.

Times staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report. Shelley Rossetter can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 661-2442.

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