All Hell Breaks Loose in East St. Louis: Nightclubs Deal with Shootings, Fights

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Police say the situation got a little too hot this weekend at Blackmon's and other East St. Louis clubs.
East St. Louis police say they were under-staffed and ill-prepared to deal with a wave of violence that swept through the the city's late-night clubs early Saturday.

As the Belleville News-Democrat chronicles this morning, the first incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. when police were called to Blackmon's Plaza on the report of a "large fight" at the club. Police say that as they approached the building, shots shots rang out. Inside the club, a security guard wrestling with an unruly patron was shot when his gun came loose and ended up in the wrong hands. He was rushed to a hospital in St. Louis. No word on his condition.

While attempting to break up the scene at Blackmon's Plaza, police say they were called to two other fights at nightclubs Club Flava and The Mansion.

Due to budget cuts, East St. Louis had just three officers patrolling the streets early Saturday morning and just couldn't respond to all the incidents. Instead, they called for backup, with some 40 officers from Fairmont City, Caseyville and the Illinois State police eventually arriving to quell the violence.

East St. Louis' nightclubs are no strangers to crime and violence. Two years ago, the St. Clair County sheriff and prosecutor led an effort to get East St. Louis to crack down on the operating hours of its nightclubs -- several of which stay open until 6 a.m. -- after a wake of similar incidents.

For more on that story, check out our 2009 feature: Last Call.

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Matt_Aron
Matt_Aron

The number of injuries can happen during the night club and enjoyable evening can be ruined so whenever you sustain an injury get in touch with local medical aid as your health is the most important concern and you may be able to claim other special damages hence talking to an experienced personal injury claims solicitor is advisable when making a claim for nightclub injury compensation. Nightclub Injury Compensation

eyewitness
eyewitness

"Inside the club, a security guard wrestling with an unruly patron was shot when his gun came loose and ended up in the wrong hands." False Statement. The club owners nephew was trying to pistol whip a stumbling patron after that patron was sucker punched by a security guard. The gun went off after the patron was hit in the head with the gun. The video is on youtube.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Yeah, but, I hear DJ Hustle is the sh*t.

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