Stamford Nightclub to Shut Down After Shooting

The judge set bond at $1 million. Warning: The video below contains graphic content.

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    Man opens fire outside of crowded Stamford night club Saturday night. Warning: Some may find this video disturbing. (Published Monday, Jul 14, 2014)

    A man accused of opening fire outside a Stamford, Connecticut, nightclub Sunday, injuring five people, after an altercation over a woman appeared in court on Monday, where a state's attorney called him a "serious risk to the community."

    Stamford police arrested Dayron Wills, 22, who they said admitted being involved in the shooting in the parking lot of Tino's Nightclub at 84 West Park Place in Stamford. 

    The shooting victims have been identified as Stephanie Riccoio, Clay Williams, Domingo Ramos, Michael Palomba and Darren Bornet. Latoya Williams and Jean Prosper sustained other injuries during the conflict, authorities said.

    According to Stamford Mayor David Martin, Tino's owner agreed to voluntarily shutter the club and forfeit its liquor license. Signs will come down tomorrow, and the clubs will no longer hold promoted private parties.

    Tino's will likely reopen under a new name, but Martin said the kind of behavior that took place over the weekend "will not be tolerated" and the city will increase its police presence at upcoming events.

    Martin said the agreement comes as the result of a meeting among area restaurant owners, public safety officials and officials from the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, a local non-profit responsible for managing and promoting the city's downtown area.

    Wills appeared in court Monday. His attorney claims Wills acted in self defense, but the states attorney called him a "serious risk to the community."

    Police released video footage that a witness took of the shooting and are asking for other witnesses to come forward with information.

    The video shows a man in a red shirt, who police say is Wills, pulling a gun out in a crowded parking lot and several people ducking for cover as the man fired successive shots. Witnesses posted the video on social media and police have the footage in evidence, police said.

    Wills pulled his gun on another person he got into an altercation with and fired shots at the individual, he told police.

    Police received reports of a shooting at about 1:38 a.m. July 13. Responding officers heard gunshots being fired as they arrived at what they described as a "chaotic scene" and discovered five people who were shot.

    Four men and one woman were taken to an area hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds "to their upper and lower extremities," police said. The injuries appear to be non-life threatening, police said.

    It's not clear whether the person Wills got into a dispute with was one of the wounded or one of the people in the video, police said. The shooting remains under investigation.

    Wills told police he discarded his .40-caliber handgun near the Atlantic Street and Bank Street intersection, which was where people found it. Police said that Wills has a valid pistol permit and that he is legally registered to carry the gun that was used in the shooting.

    When police found Wills, they also seized "a small amount of marijuana" that he had on him.

    Stamford police charged Wills with five counts of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

    Police held him on a $1 million bond. When Wills appeared in Stamford Superior Court on Monday, his attorney asked the judge to delay setting bond, but the judge denied the request and kept bond at $1 million.

    Stamford police notified the State's Attorney's Office about the incident.

    The Stamford Police Department said that there were several witnesses to the shooting and are asking for the public's help in the investigation. Anyone with information should call the Stamford Police Detective Bureau at 203-977-4417.

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