1 dead, 1 injured in separate shootings near River North nightclubs

Update 9:04 PM — The murder victim has been identified as Royal Shorts of Hammond, Indiana, by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.


One man is dead and another was injured following separate shootings near nightclubs in River North late Friday and early Saturday. A suspect is in custody for the not-fatal case.

Most recently, a 33-year-old man was standing next to his car on the 800 block of North Orleans around 3:50 a.m. when someone fired shots at him from a blue SUV and fled the scene, police said.

The man collapsed in the street and died a short time later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Witnesses said the shooting happened near LiqrBox, 873 North Orleans, which operates until 4 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Police were searching for a blue Volkswagen SUV that sped away from the scene. Seven shell casings were found nearby.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Earlier, a 46-year-old man was shot by a bar-goer who was denied entry to a club on the 300 block of West Erie, police said. Video of the area provided by a neighbor shows police and an ambulance outside Clutch Bar, 316 West Erie.

Police said the suspect was turned away at the door around 11:30 p.m. Friday and returned a short time later in a black sedan to shoot at security officers standing in front of the club. One round grazed the victim’s arm. It was not immediately clear if he was working for the bar.

Witnesses directed officers to the gunman who was arrested at Erie and Franklin shortly after the shooting. Video shared above shows a large number of police officers converging on the suspect.

Police said they recovered a gun from the man. Charges are pending.

Fire Department personnel took the victim to Northwestern in good condition.

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