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.