What was supposed to be a reopening celebration at a Riverside nightclub turned into a deadly night of violence.
Two people were killed and a security guard was injured in an exchange of gunfire early Monday outside El Calentano in the 10300 block of Arlington Avenue.
A member of a band playing at the nightclub said an altercation that started inside the club apparently spilled outside into a parking lot.
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“A security guard kicked a guy out, so I guess the guy was mad or something,” said Eliud Torres. “The security was just doing a job.”
Witnesses told police a man left the club with a woman and opened fire after driving back to the front of the nightclub. The security guard was shot in a leg, but returned fire, killing the shooter and the woman in the car, investigators said.
The business had just reopened after a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The business had just reopened after a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.