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A 31 year old man has been charged and arraigned after a shooting overnight at Watertown's Rio Nightclub, in which five people were injured, according to Watertown Police.
Julio Landron-Sanchez has been charged with five counts of second-degree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon, second degree.
Landron-Sanchez was arraigned Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. at Watertown City Court. His bail was set at $50,000. Police say he had been living with family members at 207 Wealtha Ave. in Watertown.
He's due back in court early this week.
Five people were sent to the hospital after the incident at Rio on Franklin Street early Saturday morning.
All five victims were treated at Samaritan Medical Center. One of the five victims was transferred to Upstate Medical in Syracuse. Lieutenant Detective Joe Donoghue, with Watertown Police, said he's been told all five victims have been released.
Those victims are described as being between the ages of 19 and 23. Donoghue said some of them were soldiers.
Police were called to Club Rio around 1:20 a.m.
Donoghue tells 7 News it appears the shooting took place outside the club near a wood stockade fence.
Police continue to investigate the motive, but tell 7 News the shooting doesn't appear to be gang related.
Landron-Sanchez does have a criminal history. Florida Department of Corrections records show he did prison time in 2011 and 2012 for felony battery, grand theft and utter forged instrument.
Donoghue said investigators recovered the handgun used in the shooting nearby in a backyard off Franklin Street.
At the scene, authorities taped off a section of Goodale Street along with part of Franklin Street next to the club overnight. Lights and canines were brought in to help investigate the crime scene.
As of 9 AM Saturday, two police cars remained on the scene, and yellow police tape continued to block off the entrance to the bar.
Watertown Police are being assisted by State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Watertown Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 315-782-2233.