A notice of closure was posted outside Sound-Bar at 226 W. Ontario St in Chicago, IL Tuesday afternoon after a security guard, Thurman Bailey, 28 was shot and killed there Friday March 8, 2019. A 58-year-old man was also injured when he was hit with bullet fragments in the leg and arm. He was also connected to the nightclub.
The club is closed as police work with its owners and city leaders to develop “an appropriate public safety plan,” according to the department’s spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi.
The shooting took place after a fight broke out involving several people around 12:10 a.m. local time Friday. Someone in the group pulled a gun and fired, hitting Thurman several times, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Sound-Bar issued this statement via social media late Wednesday evening:
Thurman worked as a utility worker during the day and was a well-known security guard working clubs along the Riverwalk and Gulf Coast. “The nightlife in Chicago…if you check around, everybody knew him,” said Kenneth Freeman, his cousin.
Sound-Bar is a popular nightclub that has hosted the likes of Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsrten, Dan Stone, and Spencer Brown in recent months.
This is a developing story and will have more as it becomes available.
Edit: Spencer Brown’s performance scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019, has been postponed as the nightclub will remain closed throughout the weekend as the area is still an active crime scene. Refunds will be automatically processed for this event, and all ticket holders will be listed at the door for complimentary entry for Friday’s Sultan & Shephard performance at the nearby nightclub, Electric Hotel. Photo ID required.
Cover photo: Family photo
H/T Chicago Tribune