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STEUBENVILLE — Four people were injured when gunfire erupted inside Club 106, the controversial nightclub on the corner of Sixth and South streets in downtown Steubenville, early Tuesday morning.
No arrests have been made, but police continue to investigate.
“There’s a video – a lot of people had guns,” Police Chief Bill McCafferty said. “It was total chaos inside this club.”
The injured were identified as:
ö Darnell Ellis, 24, 519 Grandview Ave., Steubenville.
ö Damarcus Montorel, 25, 439 Dresden Ave., Steubenville.
ö Shaquille Wilson, 28, of Pittsburgh.
ö Cinquan Dunn, 19, of Chicago.
Wilson, who sustained a neck injury, was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment. Ellis and Montorel suffered leg injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
City Manager Jim Mavromatis said detectives are “reviewing the video, that’s where we are.”
“None of them are cooperating, that’s a problem,” he said. “So (the police) watch hours of video to try to put the puzzle together, and then they will contact the prosecutor to decide whether to press charges.”
He said part of the shots went down the pavement in front of the club.
“If they don’t want to talk, we can’t force them,” Mavromatis reiterated, adding that they must fear someone is trying to retaliate.
City officials have attempted at least six times in the past decade to shut down the club, citing numerous instances of violent crime including shootings, felony assaults, assaults, aggravated riots, incitement to violence , disorderly behavior and criminal misdeeds.
More recently, it was declared a public nuisance by the Jefferson County City Court and Common Pleas Court and ordered it closed in 2017. A year later, shortly after it reopened, a 19-year-old townsman year-old Daniel Bittinger died in a shooting. inside the bar. The other shooter, Tyrelle Gilbert, a convicted felon, was sentenced to four years in prison for reckless homicide.
And, in 2015, D’Andre Johnson was sentenced to eight years behind bars for felony assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm on a road after entering the club early in the morning and being kicked out. Witnesses had said Johnson pulled out a gun and shoved it into a security guard’s stomach, then began firing as he was chased out of the club by another guard.
Mavromatis said it was too early to say whether they would take any action to declare the club a nuisance after this latest shootout.
“We will look into everything, but we will wait to receive the reports.