The Chicago nightclub that became the scene of a deadly stampede Sunday should have never been open in the first place. City officials say that E2, the nightclub on Chicago's South Side, was ordered to close its doors back in July by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Lynch. The club was ordered to stay closed until 11 building code violations were fixed. The emergency exit situation was among the 11 violations. According to the Associated Press, lawyers for E2 say that the club had worked out a "deal" that allowed them to remain in operation. E2 attorney Andre Grant said, "If this club was not supposed to be open, they would not have been on the radio and bringing in high-profile entertainment." R. Kelly and 50 Cent are just two of the big names that have performed at the club. Despite the counter-argument, Chicago's Mayor Daley and other city officials plan to file charges.
For those of you who have been away from the Internet, television, and radio for the past few days, 21 people died in a terrible nightclub incident over the weekend at E2 in Chicago. Although reports are spotty at best, a fight apparently broke out at the second floor club, security unleashed some pepper spray to incapacitate the brawling meatheads, someone (maybe) said something about a terrorist attack, and hundreds of people stampeded down a stairwell. In the melee, attendees were squashed in the stairway and, according to AP, "bodies were flattened against the glass doors." 57 people were injured in addition to the 21 fatalities.