7 shot during rap video release party at Gresham nightclub
BY JON SEIDEL, BRIAN SLODYSKO AND ALLISON HORTON Staff Reporters March 21, 2013 4:30AM
Updated: March 21, 2013 7:48PM
A manager for rapper Lil Mouse said the teenage artist left a South Side nightclub before seven people were shot early Thursday at a rap video release party.
Police said three people pulled out handguns and started firing shots both inside and outside Mr. G’s Supper Club and Entertainment Center at 87th and Ashland about 1:13 a.m.
The Auburn Gresham neighborhood shooting was gang-related, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. A promotional poster indicated rap artists Nino, King Samson and Lil Mouse performed at the event.
A spokesman for Gene Linton, the nightclub’s owner, said in a statement he has pledged “full and complete cooperation with the Chicago Police Department.”
“The offenders of this crime must be brought to justice,” Sean Howard wrote.
Raheem Karriem, who goes by “Big Cuz” and said he is president of Hella Bandz Music Group, said Lil Mouse performed at the club and left two hours before the shooting.
“He was probably asleep when that happened,” Karriem said.
He said Lil Mouse, 13, is accompanied by his mother when he performs at nightclubs, is monitored by security and doesn’t mingle with the crowd.
“He does his act and he leaves,” Karriem said. “That’s it.”
Three people — a 19-year-old woman, a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old man — were driven to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with gunshot wounds, Alfaro said. The 19-year-old woman was shot seven times, according to dispatch reports. All three were listed in stable condition.
Additionally, two men, ages 20 and 21, were in stable condition after one man was taken by ambulance and another was driven to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.
Two more men, ages 26 and 36, were also in stable condition after being driven to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center, Alfaro said.
But police on the scene said the exact number of injured was hard to determine because a handful of the wounded were driven to area hospitals by people they knew.
A YouTube video for the Lil Mouse song “Im 4real” shows the rapper and his crew wearing apparel emblazoned with the phrase “no talking” – an apparent reference to the no-snitch code that governs much of the city’s gang violence. The song lyrics feature allusions to gun violence.
Karriem said the song is part of a compilation being released Friday and was likely performed at the club.
No one was in custody as Area South detectives were investigating.