Suspect in 2013 Birthday Party Murder Arrested

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.

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

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.

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