Mayor of Gary orders immediate closure of nightclub where six people were shot, two of whom died | Local News
GARY — Mayor Jerome Prince has ordered the immediate closure of a nightclub where six people were shot dead, two of them fatally, early Sunday morning.
The shooting took place at Playo’s Night Club in the 1700 block of Grant Street, police said.
Jonte Dorsey, a 34-year-old man from Joliet, Ill., and Jah’Nice Quinn, a 26-year-old woman from Merrillville, were pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
Four other people were injured.
Gary Police Department was dispatched to report shots fired at 1:57 a.m. Upon arrival, police observed an unresponsive 34-year-old man, Dorsey, and an unresponsive 26-year-old woman. not, Quinn. They were both taken to hospital by Gary’s doctors and were later pronounced dead.
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Of the other gunshot victims, one remains in critical condition and the other three appear to have non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The victims of the shootings were transported to several hospitals in the region.
On Sunday evening, Prince ordered the club to be closed immediately “under Gary Municipal Code Section 2-54. Additionally, the (club’s) General Business License is pending investigation for potential suspension and revocation. “.
Prince also released a statement of support for the victims. “First, on behalf of the City of Gary, we pray for the families and friends of the two people who lost their lives at Playo Nightclub on Saturday night.. I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling, and I really wish I could offer words of comfort. We also send prayers for the full healing of those who have been injured“Prince said in the statement. “Then it is long overdue for our national leaders to adopt common sense, real legislation that limits easy access to firearms.”
Due to the number of casualties and the crowd outside the club, other agencies responded.
The Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call 219-755-3855 or the Crime Information Line at 866-CRIME-GP.