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Suspect in 2013 Birthday Party Murder Arrested

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    Police have arrested a suspect in a murder during his birthday party at a New Haven club in 2013.

    Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old man during his birthday party at a New Haven club in 2013.

    The murder happened inside the Cheetah Club, at 169 East St., which is no longer in business, according to police.

    Birthday Party Turns Fatal in New HavenBirthday Party Turns Fatal in New Haven

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

    The club was hosting a hip-hop party and rap performance that night and officers who were patrolling the parking lot next to the business heard a gunshot at 1:23 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2013, police said. Then they saw customers running from the club.

    Inside, police found Torrance Dawkins with a gunshot to the head.

    Officers reviewed surveillance video and said it showed the shooter specifically targeted Dawkins, who had just turned 22 years old at midnight.

    On Friday, police obtained a warrant for Jean Bruny, 24, of Brooklyn, New York.

    He is currently in federal custody and bond is set at $1 million.