Things definetly got ugly at Blackmon's Plaza in East St. Louis this past weekend as a concert starring Webbie ended in violence and bloodshed, and from watching the video it seems that the security guards were the ones being the most violent.
In the video, security can be seen attacking several different people and that's how its believed that the gun went off inside injuring another guard.
Detective Michael Floore said police received information reporting a large fight inside the club about 4:30 a.m. When the shots were fired inside the club, people started running out onto the streets, police said.
Floore confirmed that an unidentified security guard was shot one time. He was at St. Louis University Hospital getting treatment, Floore said.
"A rapper was in town and was at the club. A fight broke out inside. There were two security guards inside. At this time, it appears that one guard was using his weapon on a patron that he was fighting with. And the gun went off striking the other security guard," Floore said.
Floore said as police were approaching the door to Blackmon's Plaza, shots rang out. He said somebody had pushed the victim out of the back door and had already taken him to the hospital. An East St. Louis patrolman went to St. Louis to meet with the victim, Floore said.
Some of the officers were upset because they said there were between 20,000 to 25,000 people in the city Friday night and only three police officers working because of layoffs because of budgetary issues. The officers said there is such a shortage that a detective is being required to work each weekend to assist patrols.
"It took us an hour and a half to get everything under control. While we were working on the fight at Blackmon's Plaza, fights broke out on the outside of Club Flava and The Mansion," Floore said.
No patrons or police officers who responded were injured.Full Story
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