Suspected strip club shooter turns self in

(Photo: Waterbury Police Department)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The primary shooter police said fired most of the 29 shots outside a strip club early March 22 turned himself in to police Friday.

Javier Vasquez, 32, faces multiple charges including first-degree assault, unlawful discharge and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Vasquez, whose last known address was in Stratford, is being held on $750,000 bond after appearing in Waterbury Superior Court. He is due back April 2.

According to the Republican-American:

An attorney for Vasquez, William Gerace, said Friday that his client was a part of a security team that was working at the club. Gerace said Vasquez’s position is that he was returning fire as he defended the club at the direction of its owner.

On Wednesday, police posted a video on YouTube that shows surveillance footage of the shooting at Pandora’s Cabaret on Washington Avenue.

“If you watch the video … shots were flying every which way,” deputy chief Chris Corbett said. “It’s amazing only three people were hit with minor injuries.”

Police say they are still on the hunt for two more shooters.

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