Dalton Police Department Identifies 2 Who Were Shot Sunday Morning; Alleged Shooter Caught In Marietta

Monday, March 24, 2014

Orlando Ramirez, the man authorities say injured one man and killed another at a Dalton bar on Sunday morning, was taken into custody in Marietta, Ga., on Monday afternoon. He was captured at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Investigators from the Dalton Police Department developed leads that Ramirez was in Marietta at the Harmony Meadows apartment complex on South Cobb Drive and contacted the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Region Fugitive Task Force to begin surveillance in the area.  DPD investigators went to Marietta with members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. Ramirez was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals’ task force. Apparently, he was hit with a taser during the arrest, but no one was injured.

The Dalton Police Department has identified the two victims in the shooting incident on East Morris Street and is releasing more details about what happened in that early morning incident. 

Bruno Rodriguez, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Daniel Maldonado-Flores, 37, was also shot and was treated and released later Sunday morning from Hamilton Medical Center.   Both victims were working security for the bar.

At approximately 12:43 a.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired at the Las Delicias bar at 511 East Morris St.  The investigation shows that shortly before the shots were fired, Orlando Ramirez, 20, and Juvencio Vega Garcia, 20, got out of a car parked in the front of the building and walked around the back to the door of the bar which is located downstairs. Ramirez attempted to enter the bar, but was denied entry because he is only 20.

Ramirez produced a gun and fired a shot which hit Mr. Maldonado-Flores in the leg at which time the group of people gathered near the door scattered into the parking lot.  Ramirez ran backwards into the parking lot and Mr. Rodriguez then attempted to tackle Ramirez. Ramirez shot Mr. Rodriguez in the head and killed him. Ramirez then tried to chase Mr. Maldonado-Flores and he shot him again hitting him in the neck. Mr. Maldonado-Flores was able to run away.  Orlando Ramirez them attempted to enter the bar, but the door had been locked from inside.  During the shooting, Juvencio Garcia ran away and got back into the car, which was parked at the front of the building.  The car, driven by Fernando Resendiz, pulled away before circling back to pick up Ramirez.

Officers and investigators responded and interviewed witnesses who were on the scene.  DPD investigators also retrieved surveillance video of the incident from the convenience store located in the upstairs portion of the building.

During the course of Sunday’s investigation, both Juvencio Garcia (of 903 North Hamilton Street) and Fernando Resendiz (of 1601 Beverly Drive) were interviewed and ultimately arrested by investigators on homicide charges as accessories to the crime. 

Orlando Ramirez stands approximately 5’-7” tall and has a tattoo of a tear drop under his right eye.  Authorities said he is a documented member of the Hard Time Surenos gang, and his street name is “Smiley”.



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