Crime

Man shot to death in Palmetto strip club parking lot; all caught on surveillance video

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for this man as the suspect in a fatal shooting early Monday. Provided photo
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for this man as the suspect in a fatal shooting early Monday. Provided photo

MANATEE -- A man was killed early Monday outside a strip club in Palmetto, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded at 2:50 a.m. to the Atlantis Gentlemen's Club at 3800 U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto, where they found Dominic Orr, 27, of Bradenton, with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A surveillance video captured the shooting. According to witnesses Orr and Durrell Jones, 31, of Sarasota, got into an argument in the parking lot and pulled out guns, shooting at each other, deputies said.

Orr fell to the ground and Jones ran east on 39th Street East, possibly getting into a waiting vehicle, deputies said.

Detectives are speaking with Jones, but he has not yet been charged as authorities work to determine whether it was a case of self-defense, Manatee County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Dave Bristow said.

"We're trying to figure out if it was self-defense, so that's what we're talking to him about right now," Bristow said.

The investigation indicates that Orr took out his gun first and tried to shoot it, but it didn't go off. During the ensuing fight, Orr, Jones and two armed security guards all began shooting, Bristow said.

Homicide unit Detective Jeff Bliss said they don't know what the argument was about.

A large crowd was present when the shooting occurred. The club closes at 3 a.m. Mondays.

"There were about 50 people here when it happened, but none of them are talking," Bliss said.

Atlantis has been open since June, after a previous strip club called Pandora's Box closed at that location in 2014.

Adela Jantes, who has lived behind the club for 21 years, said the location has been plagued with criminal violence for years and she hopes the club gets closed down.

"We heard five shots, and then a really big, loud one. We hit the floor," Jantes said. "I thought it was inside my house, it was so loud."

Jones has no prior felony record, but has been the respondent in a few domestic violence-related cases and was convicted of a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

Orr has previously been charged with felony possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, fleeing law enforcement and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, all in 2007. All 2007 charges were dropped. There were also charges of marijuana possession and fleeing law enforcement in December 2013 that were scheduled for trial in November.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2159, or Manatee Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 (TIPS).

Kate Irby, Herald online/political reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7055. You can follow her on Twitter@KateIrby

  Comments