The shooting outside Mission District El Rincon club Friday night that resulted in the non-lethal injury of a police officer has prompted the city’s Entertainment Commission to suspend the club’s operations. No word yet on how long the suspension will be in effect.
The wounded veteran police officer (name withheld), along with two officers in training, were responding to a fight that broke out among female patrons of the club when shots rang out, one of which hit the officer in the foot. A dark green Chevy Camaro was spotted leaving the area moments after the incident, and minutes later a vehicle matching this description was stopped at 17th and Potrero. There are no suspects in custody, but two men have apparently been detained for questioning.
The club’s owner of 12 years, Vilma Patel, is angered by what she believes to be unfair punishment for an incident not of the club’s making, the Ex reports. Though she admits she was hesitant to rent the space to the DJ (name also withheld) Friday evening, because of the “bad attitude” that often accompanies said DJ’s parties, this admission is, unfortunately for her, also evidence that she was aware of possible trouble. “He gave us a guarantee nothing was going to happen,” said Patel.
She says the club’s doors were closed when she was alerted by her security personnel that a fight was breaking out, and that “we were all inside cleaning.”