A man was charged Monday in the mid-June shooting death of a security guard at an east Tulsa hookah lounge.

Armando Suarez-Rodriquez was charged in Tulsa County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Mohamad Elkour, 34.

Elkour was shot June 15 while working as a security guard at Fantasia Hookah Lounge, 4401 S. Memorial Drive.

He and other armed security guards were attempting to intervene in a fight in the parking lot after 2 a.m. when Suarez-Rodriquez, who was also in the parking lot, fired his pistol twice into the air, police allege in a search warrant.

Suarez-Rodriquez said he saw that the security guards had their guns out, so he shot at them, hitting Elkour once, according to the warrant.

Two security guards returned fire at Suarez-Rodriquez, hitting him twice.

Elkour was taken to a hospital, where he died at 5:55 a.m.

Suarez-Rodriquez drove himself to a hospital and tossed his pistol out the car window along the way, police said. Officers later recovered the weapon.

Suarez-Rodriquez told detectives a friend of his was involved in the fight and that he fired the shots into the air in an attempt to stop it; he admitted to shooting at the security guards, the warrant states.

He was booked into the Tulsa County jail after he was released from the hospital, and his bail is set at $1 million, records show.

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