Police are investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old girl that occurred inside a local club.
Few details were available Sunday about what led to the shooting and how a gun got inside of Club Rolex, which is located at 38th and State Streets. But, Police Chief Michael Floore did confirm the teen was shot in the stomach area inside of Club Rolex about 11:30 p.m. He said, "We do not know how the shooter got a gun inside of the club, and have not determined who the shooter is at this time. We are currently investigating the incident."
The young girl was treated and released from a local hospital, Mayor Alvin L. Parks Jr. said.
Later in the evening Sunday, Parks said police had identified a couple of persons of interest that they were out looking for. And he said news that the teenager was going to be fine was good news.
"I am glad to know that she appears to be OK and is moving in the right direction. I am very glad it was not a fatal shooting. But any kind of shooting is very serious," Parks said. And, he said he does have some issues with the shooting, including how a weapon got inside of the business. He said the security officers at the club were suppose to check everyone there as they entered the business. More disturbing for Parks is why a 16-year-old was in the club past curfew time, which is 10 p.m.
"No one under 17 is suppose to be out after the curfew unless they are with a parent, coming or going to school, work or a church event," he said.
Parks said some people were saying that a fight broke out inside of the club between some people. They went outside and several of them rushed back inside. That aspect is part of the police investigation. But, if that is the case, Parks said, "You can't rush back inside of my business. It's my establishment. The people who run the place are ultimately responsible. A single big no-no is letting people rush inside the club. They should never have gotten back inside of the club," Parks said.
Parks plans to meet with the business owner Monday. He did not release the owner's name, Asked whether the business will be prevented from opening until after an investigation is concluded, Parks said that still has to be determined.
Parks said the business, which at one time was a lounge now only has a business license.
"The last time they were open as a liquor selling establishment was May of 2012. When their license expired May 31, 2012, they did not reapply for a state or city license," Parks said.
"It only has a business license. They host weddings, receptions, birthdays and anniversary parties and things of that nature. They are not in the business of selling anything but their space," Parks said.
Parks did acknowledge that when Club Rolex was a liquor-selling establishment "it had some issues over the years."