Crime

Woman killed, another injured in Hialeah nightclub shooting

A Hialeah police staffer removes crime-scene tape from Las Tabernas de Wancho at 2100 W. 76th St. on Sunday,
A Hialeah police staffer removes crime-scene tape from Las Tabernas de Wancho at 2100 W. 76th St. on Sunday, Miami Herald

One woman died and another was seriously injured in a shooting outside a Hialeah nightclub early Sunday.

Hialeah police are investigating the shooting in a parking lot near 2100 W. 76th St. The top floor of the building houses Las Tabernas de Wancho, a nightclub with three dance studios that play different kinds of music, including salsa, merengue and hip-hop.

The two women were inside the victim’s car at the time of the shooting, said Carl Zogby, with Hialeah police. The critically injured woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

A man who said he was the brother of the woman shot to death spoke with police outside the building around noon but said he was too upset to speak with reporters.

The club’s patrons were kept inside the building until about 6:30 a.m., said Carmen Pavon, 47, of Hialeah. When she left the club around 3 a.m., she saw police putting yellow crime scene tape around the perimeter of the west-side parking lot.

If she hadn’t gone outside, she wouldn’t have noticed anything had happened because the music was so loud, she said.

All of the cars in the parking lot were blocked off by police until about 1:30 p.m. Sunday as investigators collected samples. The east-side lot, on the opposite side of the building, was left open and people who parked there could take their cars home.

Pavon, who lives nearby, walked home and came back in the afternoon to pick up her cousin’s car.

“I wanted to leave earlier, but then I stayed longer. I wonder what would have happened if I had gone down earlier,” Pavon said. “I haven’t slept.”

A white Nissan Rogue that was parked a couple of spaces away from the area that was littered with broken glass was hit from behind, and the front wheel smashed into a gray parking stop.

Graciela Monsalve of Hialeah said she has gone to the nightclub for several years and never felt like she was in danger. She was inside the club at the time of the shooting and only found out what was happening because she saw people peering through the windows, she said.

“I’ve come so often that I got to know the security guards and employees,” she said. One of the employees gave her a ride home.

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