Suspect identified in shooting that killed 2 outside Cleveland bar

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CLEVELAND– Cleveland police are investigating a shooting that killed two people. It happened just before 1 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of a bar at the intersection of Barber Avenue and West 25th Street. A sign on the building says “Club Benefico & Recreativo Alma Yaucana.” A Facebook page for the club identifies it as Club Alma Yaucana de Cleveland. According to police, officers found two men and a woman lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. Giovanni Santana Rojas, 36, and another man died in the shooting. A 31-year-old woman was also hospitalized with gunshots to the thigh. Cleveland police said Elias Eli Colon was shot multiple times. He’s been named as a suspect in the shooting. Police are looking for additional suspects. There were nearly 30 evidence markers in the parking lot including shell casings and bullet holes in cars. Monday afternoon, several members of the club were in the parking lot. Many told us this is the first time a shooting has happened there. Ivan Torres, who has been going to the social club for more than seven years, says the business is a gathering place for members of the Puerto Rican community. “Families come here,” Torres said. “This is a nice club. We work for everybody to come here. We don’t have trouble. This is the first time; it is a big surprise for us.” Several members said those involved in the shooting were inside the club prior to the shooting. The four that were shot knew each other, members told the I-Team. No one is giving a motive for the shooting. Detectives are not saying how long the investigation will take or when charges may be filed. Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said Stacey Frey’s police source confirmed three people were dead.

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