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    Club loses license after 2nd shooting
    By Denise Hollinshed

    East St. Louis will take a closer look at Club Onyx after another shooting at the nightspot.

    A 29-year-old Arizona man is being held pending felony charges in the latest incident. Police say the man shot a 31-year-old security guard about 4:15 Sunday morning outside the club, in the rear of the 200 block of Collinsville Avenue.

    The guard was taken to Touchette Regional Hospital, then airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he was listed in good condition Monday.

    The club's license has been removed pending a hearing with the City Council and the liquor commission, according to East St. Louis Police Detective Lamar Martin.Advertisement
    The club is no stranger to violence. In March, police shut down Club Onyx and another club for several days after fatal shootings an hour apart. Both shootings involved clubgoers.

    A $5,000 reward is being offered for information in one of the shootings. Corey Starks was killed outside Club Onyx on March 3.

    Police said Starks, 21, of Cahokia, and two companions left the club about 3:30 a.m. and interrupted the burglary of their SUV in the parking lot. One of the burglars shot Starks in the back.

    In Sunday's shooting, Martin said the suspect was with a man and woman who were asked to leave the club's parking lot by the guard.

    The trio got into a white Cadillac to leave, but the driver drew a 9 mm handgun and shot the security guard in the chest.

    The driver attempted to flee but was taken into custody nearby.

    Charges are expected today.

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