By Elizabeth Matthews
East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - East St. Louis police are searching for a man who opened fire in a club Saturday night, wounding a 16-year-old girl in the process.
Police say Club Rolex used to be more of an issue, when the business served alcohol. Now it serves as more of a banquet hall. When the shooting occurred, Club Rolex was hosting a birthday party for at 17-year-old girl.
Police say the victim was attending the birthday party was wounded when a bullet grazed her chest.
"They need to close it down," says a neighbor, who did not wish to disclose her identity. "Close it down, move it somewhere else, whatever, because they can't keep them quiet down like they should be."
The woman says she's lived in the neighborhood for years and says nothing good comes of Club Rolex.
Police say the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. East St. Louis Police Chief Mike Floore says there was a fight between two groups of men inside the club. Club owners decided to separate the two groups by kicking one group out, but the chief says the group came back armed.
"The five guys bum-rushed the front door, overtook the security guard by running past him, one of the five had a gun and shot one time, open in the club," says Floore.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks says the situation is troubling and might have been avoided if the city's 10 p.m. curfew law would have been followed.
"If the young lady who is the victim would have been at home she wouldn't be a victim right now," Parks says.
Chief Floore says there were five security guards working and several parents as chaperones at Club Rolex Saturday night.
"They did a great job separating these guys, however, the police should have been called when the fight first broke out," says Floore, who suggests the club should have had a security guard outside able to watch the activity in the parking lot.
The neighbor we spoke to says it's still not good enough it seems like every time the club is open it seems like somebody gets hurt.
"Doing some of everything, sometimes they are so loud it's like they being in here," she says.
Chief Floore says they will be adding three new officers to their force and they are currently looking into what the City of St. Louis is doing when it comes to "hot spot policing."
As for the shooting the victim, she is doing better and the investigation into the shooting continues.