Chicago River North nightclub ordered closed by police after shooting nearby – NBC Chicago


Chicago police have ordered the closure of a River North nightclub and restaurant after eight people were shot and four of them seriously wounded following a physical altercation near the club early Sunday morning.

According to CPD, a summary closure was issued Monday morning for Blum’s, located at 316 West Erie St. in River North.

Ald. Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward sent a letter to constituents on Sunday calling for the nightclub’s closure, calling the club a “spoiled establishment” that was a “source of longstanding neighborhood complaints.”

The letter continued, “Inexplicably, the city has given this nightclub permission to operate, despite my prediction that it would only be a matter of time before another shooting incident occurred.”

You can read the full letter here.

According to police, the fight broke out at about 2:38 a.m. in the 300 block of West Erie near Blum Restaurant and Nightclub. Police said bullets were fired during the dispute.

A total of eight people were shot, including a 43-year-old woman who was shot in the stomach. Police said a 32-year-old man was shot multiple times, while two other people were shot in the head and stomach.

All four victims were taken to area hospitals in critical condition.

Three other victims, who were also shot, were last listed in good condition, with the eighth victim, a 27-year-old man, having been shot multiple times. He was last listed in stable condition, police said.

According to officials, no one is in custody and detectives are investigating.

Nearby surveillance video shows a man walking into the parking lot with a gun. After this the person takes the gun out towards the road and is seen firing several times. The suspect then walks out of the frame.

Another angle of surveillance footage shows the intersection where the shots were fired, with cars at a stoplight and pedestrians walking by. Two pedestrians can be seen running at one location during what sounds like gunshots.

Reilly’s letter said his office has asked Chicago police to issue a closure order, and that the property where the nightclub is located is expected to be sold next month.

By Monday morning, the nightclub’s Chicago Instagram account had been deleted. Blum did not immediately respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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