By Peter Nickeas
8:55 AM CST, February 3, 2012
It was a night of chaos at an over-crowded West Side club.
Before police were able to clear Brick's Sports Bar and Grill, shots rang out, a fight erupted in the parking lot, a woman got hit by a car, and a man who fired more shots drove off, hitting a building and a parked car, authorities said. No major injuries were reported.
Police said they were called to the club at 4422 West Madison St. about 1 a.m. after someone reported overcrowding. When officers got there the doors were locked and the people inside wouldn’t let them in, according to a police report.
The officers were eventually admitted and counted at least 270 people in a building with a legal limit of only 99, police said. Shots then rang out inside the club, and a group of apparently intoxicated women began fighting outside, police said.
One of the women tried to drive away but struck several parked cars and hit another woman involved in the fight, police said. She was arrested for driving under the influence. The woman hit by the car was taken to Stroger Hospital and was listed in good condition, police said.
While the fight was going on, a man outside the club fired a handgun, jumped in his car and took off down an alley, police said. The driver hit a building and a parked car before running away, according to the report. The car was found in the alley behind South Kostner Avenue near the club.
A handgun was found inside, but the driver was still at large this morning, police said.
Officers from three West Side police districts, along with specialty units, responded to the scene after the first officers on the scene radioed an emergency request for additional officers, police said.
The holder of the club's license, Bettie Johnson, 56, was charged with reckless conduct and license violations, police said.
Johnson, of the 4100 block of West Madison Street, is listed in city records as the owner and secretary of Bricks.
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