Early word has it that a group of women were fighting, and someone busted out a can of Mace, which led to the stampede towards the exits. For the love of Christ, people.
Twenty-one dead, at least ten critically injured. I hope someone goes in lock-up for a good long time for this, although it’s hard to imagine anyone getting fingered out of such a crush. And there better be some serious questions of the management of this club – questions about their security, questions about their exits, questions about their failure to follow the fire code (there were more people hurt in the stampede than were allowed to be in the restaurant area, suggesting that some serious overcrowding was going on).
We spend all our time pretending we can stop terrorists, and then let some numb-fuck with a can of over-the-counter pepper spray take out 20+ people. Really gives you hope, doesn’t it? This city is run by a dictator, our murder rate is #2 in the nation, there’s been a rash of mob killings, racial tension is at a ridiculous peak, and now this. It seems like the only publicity we get anymore is bad publicity.
The funny thing is, I’ll probably see something this week – maybe even today – that makes me fall in love with Chicago all over again.