CHICAGO — The Shrine nightclub in South Loop, which was scheduled to close at the end of the month, has shut its doors permanently after a shooting that left a man and woman injured early Saturday.
An altercation began inside a club in the 2100 block of South Wabash Avenue when a number of patrons were thrown out, said Officer Ana Pacheco, Chicago Police spokeswoman.
One of those patrons came back and at about 2 a.m. opened fire at patrons standing outside the club, Pacheco said. It was a drive-by shooting, she said.
A woman, 29, was struck in her head and was brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Pacheco said. A 34-year-old man was shot in his right leg and was taken to Northwestern in good condition, Pacheco said.
The Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash Ave., had plans to close in March after a Busta Rhymes show Feb. 28.
But following the early Saturday shooting, club owners decided to close the establishment permanently, according to The Shrine's Twitter account. Calls placed to the Shrine were not immediately returned Saturday.
Due to a tragic shooting, The Shrine will be closing its doors permanently. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims & their families.— The Shrine (@TheShrineChi) February 20, 2016
Once closed, the club at Cermak and Wabash will make way for a new apartment and hotel project.
The club previously drew ire from neighbors who aired concerns over street fights and other incidents they believe stemmed from the club. The Shrine is scheduled for a hearing Monday before the city's department of business affairs and consumer protection.
No arrests have been made as an investigation is ongoing, Pacheco said.
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