Temple Police Have Arrested Two Suspects in the Club Paradise Shooting
Back in early July, the Temple Police Department released surveillance footage of a shooting at a local bar. Now, two suspects are in the Bell County Jail.
Two In Custody
Temple police have identified the suspects as 18-year-old Jamaal Dlexon Florence and 17-year-old Omarion Desmond Brown.
Records show Jamaal Dlexon Florence was booked into the Bell County Jail at 5:04 PM Monday, July 19. He's charged with third degree felony deadly conduct/discharge firearm. He remained in the jail Tuesday afternoon with bond set at $125,000.
Omarion Desmond Brown was booked at 4:49 PM Monday, July 19. He's also charged with third degree felony deadly conduct/discharge firearm and was still behind bars Tuesday afternoon with bond set at $125k.
Around 2:30 PM Saturday, June 26, Temple officers responded to a report of gunfire at Club Paradise, 1722 S. Martin Luther King Dr. When they arrived, they found abandoned guns and spent shell casings in the parking lot.
Police were given security footage that showed several people fighting, which escalated into several people opening fire on each other. Officers also received reports of three people who had been admitted to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The Footage is Intense
What's really disturbing (to me at least) is that the security footage police released shows one man holding a baby, and there's a young child near him who runs in terror as the shooting starts.
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Making the Arrests
Temple PD PR Specialist Alejandra Arreguin reported Tuesday that Florence and Brown were taken into custody Monday, July 19 around 3 PM during what she called a "felony stop". The two had warrants for deadly conduct in relation to the Club Paradise shooting.
It's Not Over
Police are still investigating this shooting and searching for more suspects. If you have any information that could be helpful, you're asked to get in touch with the Temple Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 254-298-5500.
You don't have to give Crime Stoppers your name, and information leading to an arrest could net you a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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