Utter Chaos Erupts At Overcrowded West Side Nightclub

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police discovered complete chaos when they were called to a West Side bar early Friday morning.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the utter pandemonium at Bricks’ Sports Bar and Grill, at 4422 W. Madison St. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, included a fight, two car crashes and a man shooting a gun wildly into the air.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Police were called to the bar around 1 a.m., after a patron called to complain the venue was dangerously overcrowded.

When officers arrived, they were not allowed inside, and the doors were locked. All the patrons were trapped in the bar.

Eventually, someone got the doors open and many people left, police said. Officers counted 273 people leaving the 99-person capacity bar.

But the officers had to abandon their count early, because they found a man firing a gun in the parking lot across the street.

The man quickly got into his 1998 Lexus and sped off, police said. He crashed at 10 S. Kostner Ave. and fled on foot.

Police did not catch the man, but they did recover a gun in the car. No one was injured by the man’s gunfire.

At the same time, two women were fighting and one got in her car and tried to leave, police said. Several patrons tried to stop her, resulting in her crashing into several parked cars and hitting one patron, who was taken Stroger Hospital of Cook County in good condition.

The woman was arrested for driving under the influence, and police are seeking felony charges.

“This location is a problem in our district,” Harrison District Lt. Steven Sesso said, adding that police had been called there on several other occasions because of overcrowding.

He said the bar has a Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity License, which requires that serving alcohol be secondary to another activity, in this case serving food. When police searched it, they found no evidence of any food being served except a single box of chicken wings in the refrigerator.

The owner, identified by the Chicago Tribune as Bettie Johnson, 56, of the West Side, was cited for reckless conduct for locking the doors and was cited for violating the liquor license, police said. Sesso said she had been cited before for the same license violations.

Sesso said he is planning to ask the Illinois State Fire Marshal to inspect the club, though by law it can continue to operate unless the state Liquor Control Commission revokes its license.

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  • David

    It’s not the owner’s fault. It sounds like the crazy fools that were there, resembled the animals in that E2 incident! Drunk and stupid!

    • Bill

      Really? It’s not the owner’s fault for allowing (at least) 273 people into the establishment that is permitted to hold only 99? Don’t quite get the ‘logic’ of that statement.

      • David

        It’s not the owners fault that his customers were acting like a bunch of animals at the zoo!!!

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    • http://ny9solyndra.wordpress.com NY9Solyndra

      Do you think it might be the owner’s fault for locking the doors and not allowing anyone to leave?

    • Warden

      My guess is these patrons were primarily (negroes) to whom a sign reading 99 people maximum would have no meaning. These are not the best people with numbers on the planet as you might already know.
      Somehow I know racism is involved here?

    • Rex

      Please Remember.
      February is black history minute excuse me I meant to say month and here are the top 3 accomplishments of blacks in American History.

      1. Nothing to report
      2. Nothing to report
      3. Nothing to report

      Don’t be discouraged maybe 2012 will be better for them?
      Don’t forget the schools tell your kids all inventions were discovered by the genius of the blackman.
      Although all claims are easily proven to be false.

    • mike

      Hmm sounds like FREE chitlins to me?

  • Gwen

    You all are DISGUSTING!!!!!!

    • David

      @Gwen, Wow, that’s quite a declaration. Please enlighten us as to why you would refer to us as disgusting. Your response will be appriciated, thankyou.


        A little respect. After all, it is Black History Month. http://www.amren.com

    • steve

      Not all of us

    • steve

      Not all of us Gwen

  • Check Ur Facts

    When did Vancouver win the Stanley Cup????

    • steve

      I stand corrected, when they lost the Stanley Cup. Thanks

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    […] reportedly found more than 270 people locked inside Bricks’ Sports Bar and Grill in West Garfield Park when they arrived around 1 a.m., although the venue has a maximum capacity of 99 people, CBS […]

  • Hamburglar

    A single box of chicken wings in the refrigerator and at least 273 people. No wonder there was chaos. Wonder how many will be there again tonight?

    • James Sagen

      That is so wrong…. but so damn funny.

  • My Spaceship Crashed Here

    Zera, Cornelius, help me.

  • Doby

    dam dat mi bar to I go

  • Nero R.Germanicus

    @ Afro maybe I cand send some roman satan magic to burn to burn your redneck cracker self I promise to play my violin for ya too :-)

  • Okra Windbag

    Ahhhh s@#t……I omosed wendt down there that night.

  • Justine Tambour

    What? Gunfire in Chicago? Impossible! That’s so against the laws there…

  • MZ

    Not all blacks are ignorant violent criminals. But that seems to be all you hear about in the news. How about a story on Ben Carson, a black man, and perhaps the world’s finest neurosurgeon? Give black people a little hope that lies in real achievement based on hard work as opposed to hope in some handout program. For once.

    • toodles

      Ah, if only that was reality.

    • SamIAm

      one out of 654 million isn’t exactly a great stat, bro.

    • Rev Burrhead

      Oh MZ wake up.

      All claims to inventions or improvements involveing blacks are very easily disproved.

      How did they invent the Cell Phone?
      They really did this, it was a phone installed in eery cell at Alcatraz.

      Go to Africa to see what they are truly capable of.
      Or go to Detroit, Oakland, St Louis, Memphis and many other cities to see the results of black genius.

  • Jack Prentiss

    that’s a whole lot of soul-glo in one place…..

    quite the nappy smell

  • George Gagner

    Sadly, urban black culture is a cancer upon America.

    • Diana

      I agree with that. I loathe the black culture as it has destroyed the white culture. Chicago once had neighborhoods: Polish, Italian, Irish, Greek, Asian, etc. It was a wonderful, safe place to live. Integration with violent, uneducated, illiterate negroes destroyed the white culture in Chicago as it has done in every major American city. If you live in a city here, you are living in a jungle with savages just waiting to attack you….






  • pynaetlb

    She obviously owns some Chicago politicians. After a fire and a couple of hundred deaths Mayor Mayor Rahm Emanuel will condemn the police.

  • George

    300 hungry, drunken black folks and only 1 box of chicken wings? I think we have established motive.

    • juju

      Yeah, you sleep with your aunt. child molester.

  • David Axelrod

    N | G G 3 R S

    They’re why Africa is Africa.

  • Steve Hollar

    I wonder who the owner pays off in that corrupt city, Obama’s old stomping grounds, to keep her doors open? Well, at least long enough to pack three times it’s capacity before locking the doors. I hate to think what would have happened if a fire broke out, or, that box of chicken wings got eaten up.

  • Jonathan Silberger

    Why is this place allowed open after its second violation??!! Get serious, Chicago!!

  • Tom J.

    He Devoted His Life Trying To Help These Savages, Then Finally After Coming To The Conclusion They Did Not Have The Mental Capacity To Be Helped, He Threw In The Towel And Made This Statement.

    Albert Schweitzer was a true humanitarian, not a demagogue who simply wanted to ingratiate himself to blacks like so many White politicians have tried to do.
    Doctors in the hospital he founded in Africa in the jungle village of Lamarene. His ethic was “reverence for life.” In 1952 he received the Nobel Peace prize. Before it disappears down the liberal memory hole, here is what Schweitzer wrote about blacks shortly before his death:

    “I have given my life to try to alleviate the sufferings of Africa. There is something that all White men who have lived here like I must learn and know: that these individuals are a sub-race. They have neither the intellectual, mental or emotional abilities to equate or to share equally with White men in any function of our civilization. I have given my life to try to bring them the advantages which our civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: the superior and they the inferior. For whenever a white man seeks to live among them as their equals they will either destroy him or devour him. And they will destroy all of his work. Let White men from anywhere in the world, who come to Africa remember that you must continually retain that status: you the master and they the inferior like children that you help or teach. Never fraternize with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or they will devour you. They will destroy you.”

    Look at any city where negroes have taken control, Detroit, St. Louis, Gary, Atlanta,
    Oakland, would you walk in any of them after 7 PM? Not unless you are insane!
    All their claims to greatness can easily be disproven using books and the internet, they have never invented a think or done much of value in Africa. If they were the African Genius fools would like for you to believe, then you need to ask yourself WHAT HAPPENED?
    Where in the world have these creatures done anything of value?

    The man who wrote “All men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, wrote and thought the same thing about Blacks as Abraham Lincoln.
    As an example of just to what extent multi-racialists will go to distort history to conform to their agenda, consider the inscription on the Jefferson Memorial regarding blacks:
    “Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.” This quote is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, and it is in fact a Jeffersonian thought but the quote does not stop there! It goes on to say: “…nor is it less certain that the two races equally free, cannot live in the same as equals, since they are not.”

    from a letter to:

    George Washington, Jan. 4, 1786.

    • Iwish

      If only someone had listened!

  • fred

    Sumpin’ be wrong wit da toilit. Too many ya’ll be usin’ this here toilit.

  • oldjackpinesavage

    And just who were O;bannon al Capone , Hymie Weiss, Mad dog Cole, Frank Niti all fine upstananding citizens elevating the chicago society with booze,machine guns robbery, highjacking and murder

  • Meester Bibbs

    I just love the smell of Hennessy, gunpowder and monkey sweat in the morning.

  • juju

    True, considering the euro-pee-ons are of the Caucaus race, related to the Iranians. After years of in-breeding with their mothers/sisters/aunts, the end result is a race of child molesters. Most people on this board use it to communicate they would like to sleep with someone as stupid as them. Pity the race, the Romans gave up on. Without the Romans, the English would still be using trees as bathrooms. Pry for the dumb.

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