Security guard, customer killed outside Parma bar identified; two suspects held without bond

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*Editor’s note: Police corrected the spelling of the last name of one of the suspects*

PARMA, Ohio (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-Team has confirmed from multiple sources two people were shot and killed outside a Parma sports bar early Saturday morning.

FOX 8 has confirmed a security guard and a customer were killed.

It happened in the parking lot of Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill located on Pearl Rd.

Parma police said that 29-year-old Sean Michael Acierno of Parma was shot by a suspect while walking through the parking lot. The police said that security guard Timoteo “Tim” Cruz of Cleveland shot at the suspect, who then turned and fired at Cruz, an off-duty Cuyahoga County Corrections Officer.

Cuyahoga County photo of Tim Cruz.

“Due to Cruz’s heroic actions, he most likely saved additional lives while giving up his own life as other bar patrons were still in the area or exiting the bar,” Parma police said in a statement.

While the shooter was able to make a getaway in a vehicle, the FOX 8 I-Team learned, late Saturday morning that US Marshals, Parma police and a fugitive task force arrested two suspects — 27-year-old Juan Carlos Perez and his brother Luis Carlos  Candelario, who is 30 — on Cleveland’s west side.

The police said that both men are being held without bond and are looking at counts of aggravated murder.

On the bar’s Facebook page, the business says the Parma location will be closed until further notice.

We will update this story as more information comes in and the investigation advances.

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