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Deadly Hazleton shooting follows bar fight

February 04. 2014 10:42PM

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HAZLETON — City police allege Terrence W. Clarke fired multiple rounds into a crowd, killing a 45-year-old man and injuring another man during a melee at Shaker’s Nightclub early Sunday morning, according to information in the arrest affidavit.

Clarke, 26, of North Locust Street, Hazleton, was arrested by two state police troopers who allegedly heard the gunfire while they were passing the nightclub just after 2 a.m.

Police said the troopers recovered a .45 caliber handgun that Clarke allegedly dropped during a foot chase.

Clarke was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. He remains jailed without bail at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Police believe a fight erupted between Clarke and Guillermo Quinones inside the nightclub at about 2 a.m. The fight escalated outside when Clarke allegedly started shooting toward a crowd, striking Cox and Quinones, according to the criminal complaint.

Quinones suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Police said Quinones was driven by friends to his house in McAdoo, where an ambulance was summoned. He was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

Police said the shooting was recorded by the nightclub’s surveillance cameras.

Two troopers passing the nightclub heard loud pops and numerous people fighting. Several more pops were heard as the troopers allegedly spotted a man with dreadlocks holding a handgun and firing into a crowd, the complaint says.

Police said in the complaint Clarke ran from the troopers and fell on West Maple Street, where he dropped the gun.

A witness told police he pulled into the nightclub’s parking lot and blew his car’s horn. The witness turned his car around and spotted a man with dreadlocks brandish a gun and firing several rounds toward a crowd, according to the complaint.

Clarke allegedly told police he arrived at the nightclub at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and stayed until 2 a.m. He walked outside and heard gunfire and ran.

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