Two Killed At Chicago Nightclub

Chicago police are investigating a January 8th shooting at the Café Allure nightclub that left two people dead and at least five people injured.

Police said that at around 3 a.m., four men who had been at a private party on the club’s second floor returned to the main room and demanded to be let in as the venue was closing. When they were told by employees it was too late, one of the men allegedly pulled out a semiautomatic weapon and started shooting into the still-crowded room. More than a dozen shots were heard, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Head bouncer Timothy McClellan, 34, and club patron Tyrone Bonner, 22, were killed. A third man, bouncer Eugene Walker Jr., 24, was shot in the back of the head and is on life support. Four others were treated for gunshot wounds and were expected to survive, police said.

“The disregard for human life just boggles my mind,” Harlan Powell, an attorney for the venue, told the Tribune. “You don’t see somebody throwing off 14 rounds because they couldn’t get a drink at 3 in the morning.”

The lounge and bistro brings in a diverse mix of club-goers with DJs playing hip-hop, jazz, house and funk.

Powell told the Tribune that McClellan, who previously worked as a bodyguard for celebrities including hip-hop artist Twista, jumped in front of the gunman when the shooting began.

Investigators are reviewing videotape from nearby businesses and conducting interviews with witnesses to piece together what happened. No arrests were made at press time but police were holding “two persons of interest,” the paper said.