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Tampa strip club security guard charged in shooting of bottle thrower

TAMPA — The security guard who shot a patron outside a strip club early Saturday was arrested Monday on an attempted murder charge.

Tampa police say Carlos A. Catalan-Flores, 26, shot the clubgoer after the man threw a beer bottle at him on his way out of Flash Dancers, 4202 W Cayuga St. in the Drew Park neighborhood, about 3 a.m.

The bottle missed Catalan-Flores but he opened fire anyway, police said, hitting the man twice.

The shooting victim, who has not been identified by authorities, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for surgery on injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

He remained in the intensive care unit and was stable Monday night, police said.

After interviewing witnesses, members of the police fugitive apprehension unit and the U.S. Marshals Service went to Catalan-Flores' home at 1001 Pinehaven Court in Brandon and arrested him Monday afternoon.

He is licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a security officer who can carry a firearm.

Catalan-Flores has no previous criminal record in the state, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Reach Kim Wilmath at [email protected] or (813) 226-3337.

Tampa strip club security guard charged in shooting of bottle thrower 05/23/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 11:26pm]
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