Police Searching for Suspect in Night Club Shooting


The victim, Juan Pineda, was shot after he and a friend left the Valentine's Nightclub.

The victim, Juan Pineda, was shot after he and a friend left the Valentine's Nightclub

Date/Time: December 20, 2010 at 2:52 a.m.

Location: Valentine’s Nightclub, 7522 Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL

Victim #1: Juan Pineda, H/M, 8/10/1983, 2770 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL


Tampa Police Detectives are searching for a suspect who shot a man leaving the Valentine’s Nightclub on December 20, 2010. Juan Pineda and his friend left the club and walked back to Pineda’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV was parked in an alley adjacent to the club. They got inside the vehicle, noticed several items were missing and got back out of the SUV. The male suspect approached the men while they were standing outside of the vehicle and shot Pineda. When the police arrived, they found Pineda lying in the alley behind his vehicle. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he is still listed in critical condition. Pineda’s friend was not injured.

The victim is unable to communicate with the detectives because of his injuries. Patrons who were also leaving the club and have information about the shooting are asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.

Janelle McGregor
Public Information Office

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