DOLTON, Ill. — Village trustee Duane Muhammad is furious not only because an early morning nightclub shooting left five people wounded, but also because elected officials have no clear answers on the club’s legal status.
At a press conference on Sunday, Muhammad called for the club to be shut down and an investigation take place so people know where the club stands legally as far as a license is concerned.
Muhammad said that in Illinois statute, the liquor commissioner in most of these small municipalities is the mayor. He added that Dolton city trustees will meet with the mayor to find out if he issued a license to Club One.
Just across the street from village hall is the center of the controversy in Dolton.
It was just before 3 a.m. Sunday closing time, when Tramani Cook heard shots ring out. She and her friends escaped the club, but say they saw a man get shot in front of Dolton’s village hall across the street.
Neighbors say the spectacle of people being brought out of the nightclub on stretchers and ambulance sirens blaring in front of village hall is disturbing.
“It’s right across the street from city hall. We can’t have that, we won’t stand for that,” said Dalton resident Ronald Toney.
Dolton police say there have only been minor incidents at the club before this morning’s violent situation.
An argument on the second floor appears to be what triggered the violence, said police. Reports suggest a man pulled a gun from his girlfriend’s purse after the argument, and that’s when shots rang out.
In Dolton Sunday, rumors swirled that the club’s owner was linked to the notorious E-2 nightclub in Chicago. Village trustees vow to get to the bottom of it at Monday night’s village board meeting at 6:30 p.m.
“We will go into an emergency session with our police and fire committee and we will research and try to find out who the owner of this club is,” said Muhammad.