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Holyoke man victim of shooting in South Hadley

The Northwestern district attorney's office on Saturday identified the man who died as Bones-Colon. The identity and condition of the survivor have not been released by authorities. Bones-Colon was pronounced dead at Holyoke Medical Center and the second man was treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to the district attorney’s office.

The two men were shot outside the club at 500 New Ludlow Road shortly before 2 a.m., according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne, who is overseeing the investigation, said in a statement that there appears to be no threat to the public’s safety.

“Although the investigation into this incident continues, it appears this was not a random act of violence, and there is no cause for public alarm,” according to Gagne.

South Hadley police and state police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office are investigating the shootings.

The club had reopened for business by Friday afternoon. There was little sign a shooting had taken place earlier the day, with crime scene tape closing the parking lot off removed around 11 a.m., according to employees. Around a dozen customers milled around the club, watching and talking to dancers working the afternoon shift.

Employees said they knew little about the shooting the night before. A bartender, who declined to be identified, said the club closed around 1:45 a.m. to begin cleaning. Around 2:30 a.m. police knocked on the door and asked what was going on, he said.

Employees did not hear a shot and had not witnessed an argument between customers beforehand, he said, adding that he was unsure if the men involved had even been at the club.

On most nights, there is a police presence outside the club when it lets out for the evening, the bartender said. He could not say if officers were on the scene at the time of the shooting.

Asked if he could confirm that account, Gagne said through a spokesman, “The investigation is ongoing, and we cannot disclose any information gathered thus far.”

South Hadley Police Chief David Labrie said police have responded to Anthony’s in the past.

“It is a bar so we do get bar-related calls there,” he said. “We’ve never responded to a shooting there,” LaBrie said.

He said he could not recall the last time there had been a shooting in South Hadley.

A bar has been in operation at the site for the last four decades, he said, though the name has changed over the years.

He deferred further questions to the district attorney’s office.

The club is located in a largely commercial part of South Hadley near where the town borders Chicopee and Granby.

Anthony’s is part of a wider chain of local strip clubs owned by Mardi Gras Entertainment Inc. that includes Mardi Gras, Lace, Fifth Alarm and Center Stage in Springfield.

Anthony L. Santaniello is listed as the group’s president, according to filings with the Secretary of State’s office. He could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information related to the shootings is asked to contact South Hadley police at 538-8231, Ext. 306, or the Massachusetts State Police at 587-5517.

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