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Chicago Heights police said Tuesday that they don’t expect to file charges in the shooting death early Sunday of a 20-year-old man because he had fired shots during a brawl outside a nightclub, hitting three people.
Johnathan Williams, of Hazel Crest, was shot by a security guard during a ruckus outside the Esoteric club after he fired the shots, wounding one man critically, police said.
Police Lt. Michael Romano said a bouncer did not let Williams in the club, 150 Joe Orr Road, because he had caused a problem a week before. Williams later managed to get inside the 17-and-older club, where a fight broke out some time later and spilled into the parking lot, with frantic patrons trying to escape, Romano said.
Williams pulled a gun and began firing wildly, according to police.
“I don’t know if he had a specific target, but he was shooting toward the front door,” leading the security guard to decide to shoot him, Romano said.
He said Williams’ shots grazed two people and struck Darius Bell, 19, of Hazel Crest, in the chest.
Bell on Tuesday night remained in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Three days into the investigation of the shootings, police have yet to recover the gun that Williams allegedly used. And they haven’t tracked down the bouncer who fired the shots.
That’s left Lorna Barrios, whose son was Williams’ best friend and was with him when he was gunned down, wondering where the accountability is. She said Williams began shooting when he saw her son being attacked.
“(The security guard) disappears, and no one can find him?” the Homewood mother said.
Romano said police are actively searching for the bouncer but so far have been unable to locate him.
Rumors are swirling that the guard is an off-duty police officer from another town, but Romano said that’s not so.
After the shootings, Chicago Heights officials shut down the club and suspended its liquor license. Mayor Anthony DeLuca said he wants the club to remain closed.
Club owner Victor Tieri, who was planning to sell the club before Sunday’s incident, said a promoter hired the armed security guards who worked at the club that night.
Barrios contends that the measures didn’t go far enough.
“If they had adequate security in that place, it wouldn’t have happened,” she said. “They would have broke (the fight) up and kept it moving. … This is a tragedy.”
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