Police: Face tattoo helped authorities identify Santa Rosa nightclub shooting suspect

A tattoo on a Santa Rosa man's face helped detectives identify him as the alleged shooter of a downtown bar bouncer, police said Monday.

While patrons in Epic Social Lounge didn't know the man, they told police he was young, Hispanic, had long hair and an upside down cross on one cheek, said Santa Rosa police Sgt. Dave Linscomb.

Less than three days later, police arrested David Montano, 25, at a Sacramento apartment.

On Friday Montano was booked into a Sacramento jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and being an ex-felon with a gun.

Detectives still are investigating whether the shooting, which occurred early Wednesday just outside the Mendocino Avenue nightclub, could be classified as a hate crime.

"We haven't ruled that out," Linscomb said.

The bar that night was holding a gay pride event. The shooting occurred as Montano was being tossed out by the bouncer for making derogatory comments to people at the celebration, police have said.

Montano on Monday remained in custody in Sacramento but was expected to be transferred to the Sonoma County Jail sometime this week.

The ongoing investigation included a search for two men who'd been with Montano at the bar. They'd fled after the shooting, said the sergeant.

The 23-year-old victim, whom Linscomb declined to identify citing safety concerns, was continuing to recover. He'd been shot once in the stomach at close range.

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