DOLTON, Ill. — Police say they know who they are looking for after a shooting outside a south suburban nightclub left a South Side woman dead and a man wounded early Sunday morning.
According to witnesses, someone fired a barrage of bullets outside the Sandpiper Lounge at 144th Place and Martin Luther King Drive just after 1 a.m. Sunday.
Angelneka Smith, a 31-year-old mother from Fuller Park, was shot multiple times and taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where she was pronounced dead. Witnesses say a second male victim was hit in the leg.
Despite a recent spike in violence in the area, Dolton Mayor Rilery Rogers said this shooting was not connected to any other incident, and appeared to be “domestic related.” Witnesses said a fight began inside the club before it spilled outside.
“The boyfriend showed up, there was some discussion, the action moved outside where there was an argument and shots were fired,” Mayor Rogers said.
At least 20 evidence markers marked where bullet casings were found in the street.
Longtime residents Robert and Susan Irvin say the nightclub where the shooting took place has brought nothing but trouble to the area.
“Lived here over 23 years,” Robert Irvin said. “The culture of what this lounge brings to the neighborhood is not good.”
Susan says she called the authorities expressing concerns about the club “almost every night.”
“Mind you this is like the fourth killing in Dolton in a two or three block radius. So where’s my protection?” Susan asked.
Dolton police have identified a suspect in this shooting, and are reassuring the public there is no threat to the community.
After there were several incidents of violence there in recent days, Dolton Mayor Rogers is asking the city council for enough funding to hire 15 additional police officers
On August 21, Marshia Bowman was shot in the head while driving her children home. And less than a week later, 16-year-old Akiera Boston was shot while sitting in a car outside a convenience store.
“These are all isolated incidents; rest assured we will get in front of this, and we’re asking for all available resources we can get to make sure this community is safe,” Rogers said.
As the mayor asks for more police support, state police and the Cook County sheriff are providing extra patrols.