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Joliet police: Shots fired outside Mojoes

Darnell Parrish
Darnell Parrish

JOLIET – Police charged two people after shots were fired during a brawl outside a downtown nightspot early Sunday.

At 12:34 a.m., police officers were monitoring a large crowd attending a concert at Mojoes of Joliet, 22 W. Cass St. when a large fight broke out, according to Lt. Kevin LaBolle.

"During the melee, officers heard shots fired and saw a vehicle leave the area at a high-rate of speed," LaBolle said. No injuries were reported.

After a car matching the description was stopped by police near Jackson and Scott streets, officers "backtracked" to find a silver revolver in a dumpster behind a building in the first block of East Cass Street, LaBolle said.

Darnell L. Parrish, 22, of the 500 block of Fourth Avenue, was arrested on charges of being an armed habitual criminal, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a street gang member and defacing the identifying markings of a firearm.

According to the Department of Corrections, Parrish is on parole for weapons convictions from 2011 and 2013.

A 26-year-old Joliet woman and a 24-year-old Joliet woman who also were in the vehicle also were arrested, but released without charges.

Back at Mojoes, Adia D. Currie, 28, of the 1300 block of Pioneer Road in Crest Hill, was arrested on a charge of mob action for her alleged part in the melee, police said.

Liquor violations

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, also the city's liquor commissioner, said Monday his office is looking into the incident to determine if there were violations of the city's liquor code.

Just last week, O'Dekirk suspended Mojoes' liquor license for three days because of an April incident in which the club had more people than the 500 allowed by the city's fire code. The club also was serving liquor in an area where minors were located, although city officials said there was no evidence minors were served.

The license will be suspended June 14 to 17.

It was not the first time that Mojoes' license was suspended.

Previous Mayor Thomas Giarrante suspended the club's liquor license for seven days twice in January 2012 because of fights that broke out at Mojoes on two separate occasions. A person was stabbed at one of the fights.

Reporter Bob Okon contributed to this story.

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