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1 Dead, 1 Injured in South Loop Nightclub Shooting Over Woman

By Mauricio Peña | March 28, 2015 7:53am | Updated on March 28, 2015 11:22am
 The Riff Music Lounge, where one man was shot and killed and another wounded.
The Riff Music Lounge, where one man was shot and killed and another wounded.
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SOUTH LOOP — One man is dead and another wounded after a shooting inside a nightclub in the South Loop early Saturday, police said.

Around 1:22 a.m., two men were arguing over a woman inside the club in the 2200 block of South Michigan Avenue, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman.

One man was thrown out but later returned with a gun and fired multiple shots, striking the 36-year-old man he was arguing with and another man, 39, before leaving, Estrada said.

The 36-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Estrada said. The 39-year-old man, who was not involved in the argument, was also shot in the abdomen and drove himself to Stroger Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, Estrada.

 The interior of the Riff Night Club
The interior of the Riff Night Club
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The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 36-year-old as Michael Ricks, of the 2300 block of South State Street. Ricks was pronounced dead at 2:13 a.m. early Saturday, the Medical Examiner's office said.

No one is custody, and police are investigating.

The shooting happened at Riff Music Lounge, 2239 S. Michigan Ave. Patrons at the lounge heard one or two gunshots before rushing out, the Tribune reported.

On its website, the club is described as "a multifaceted live music venue and lounge bringing swag and luxury back to the prairie district of Chicago's South Loop." An after-hours club, it operates between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

One review describes Riff as "a glowing dance club" that occupies the ground floor of the Pressure Point recording studio. "The front space, which has a long bar and benches, brick walls, exposed ductwork and dramatic lighting, leads to the back dance floor," according to the Zagat review.

Pressure Point has reportedly been used by entertainers R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Nelly.

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