WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– The two men accused of two separate homicides in Waterbury over the weekend appeared in court on Monday.

Police are investigating after the Salsa Tropical Social club owner was shot and killed Saturday night, marking the second murder in the city in less than 24 hours.

“One minute you’re going down the street, like my sister here I won’t even allow her even go by herself down the street because where I live at, either you’re a gunshot or someone is getting stabbed or someone is getting jumped,” Judy Levesque of Waterbury told News 8.

At approximately 11:11 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to 406 Watertown Ave., Salsa Tropical Social Club, on a shot-fired complaint. At the scene, a victim was located. It was determined the victim was shot outside of Salsa Tropical Social Club and transported to Waterbury Hospital before officers arrived, officials said.

Police said the victim, 51-year-old Dennis Santos of Waterbury, who also owns the social club, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officers determined that an altercation occurred earlier in the parking lot outside of the social club between several individuals and a suspect, who was identified as 44-year-old Ramon Rodriguez of Waterbury. Police determined that Rodriguez fired gunshots in the parking lot when Santos struck.

Rodriguez fled the area but was shortly located and taken into custody. A loaded firearm was also recovered, police said.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary shared an update on the investigation.

“A customer came in, and spotted an ex-girlfriend of his with someone else. The owner tried to console. The individual pulled out a gun and killed him,” O’Leary said.

Rodriguez was charged with murder, reckless endangerment in the first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, altercation of firearm identification mark, and breach of peace in the second degree. He was held on a $2 million bond.

Ramon Rodriguez | Photo courtesy Waterbury Police

The crime follows a murder on Saturday morning in the city where a man was pronounced dead after being shot by a restaurant owner. The 28-year-old victim, identified as Sebastian Olavarria, was shot during an altercation with 61-year-old Michael Anderson, owner of Mikey’s Jamaican Restaurant.

Waterbury Police Departments Major Crime Detectives are investigating both incidents. Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact the Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.