Birthday Party Turns Fatal in New Haven

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    A young man celebrating his birthday was shot to death inside a club in New Haven. (Published Sunday, Aug 11, 2013)

    A young man celebrating his birthday was shot to death inside a club in New Haven early Sunday morning.

    New Haven police patrolling the parking lot next to the Cheetah Club at 169 East St. heard a single gun shot come from inside the club around 1:23 a.m.

    Police ran inside as club patrons spilled out into the parking lot. The club had been hosting a hip hop party.

    Once inside, officers found Torrance Dawkins, of Waterbury, suffering from a single gun shot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

    Dawkins had turned 22 on Saturday and was celebrating his birthday.

    Police are still looking for a suspect. Officers spoke with several hundred club patrons and say they received some very helpful information.

    Anyone with information is asked to speak with detectives by calling 203-946-6304 or 203-946-6316.