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Oak Park residents near the Berwyn border are once again alarmed by the neighboring municipality’s bar scene after a shooting broke out in a Berwyn nightclub this past weekend. The Berwyn Police Department is investigating the incident, which left two injured.

“Just because we live on the other side of the street from Berwyn does not mean that we should be subjected to these life-or-death situations,” said Jason Koransky, an Oak Parker who lives within walking distance of where the shooting occurred.

Berwyn police have confirmed the shooting stemmed from an altercation between patrons of Distro Music Hall, 6815 Roosevelt Road. Police have recovered one firearm and several individuals were detained pending further investigation, according to a statement released by Berwyn Police Chief Michael D. Cimaglia.

 Officers arrived at the nightclub at approximately 2 a.m., Dec. 18, following reports of gunfire. Shots could be heard in the immediate area from what appeared to be patrons leaving Distro. The Oak Park and Forest Park police departments assisted Berwyn officers in responding to the shooting.


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“The scene was chaotic with large groups of people exiting, yelling and running in all directions,” Cimaglia said in the statement.

During the frenzied incident, two individuals were shot, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. They were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The shooting happened so close to Oak Park homes that some residents’ Ring security cameras captured the commotion.

“You can hear the gunshots in the background, which is very disturbing,” said Mike Stewart, who lives nearby on the Oak Park side.

Requests for comment have been made to the Berwyn and Oak Park police departments and the nightclub. Wednesday Journal has also reached out to Berwyn Ald. Joe Carmichael, whose ward includes Distro Music Hall.

Formerly the site of Wire, Distro Music Hall has only been open for a matter of months. The property went up for sale last January, after COVID-19-related financial struggles prompted the closure of Wire, a bar and music venue.

“It’s dumbfounding that you can have a place that so quickly after opening has attracted people who bring guns and shoot people,” said Koransky.

Neighbors are in the process of organizing, according to Stewart. An impromptu meeting was held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, following the Distro shooting.

“Safety is our number one concern,” Stewart said.

The Distro incident happened within days of Wednesday Journal’s coverage of south Oak Park residents’ frustration over Berwyn bar-based criminal activity spilling into the village. Bargoers regularly park their cars in Oak Park. After imbibing over in Berwyn, they return to their vehicles and disrupt neighbors by urinating in public, breaking bottles and playing loud music, according to those who live in the area.

Around midnight on Memorial Day, a fight at Mike’s Place, 6319 Roosevelt Road, another Berwyn bar, resulted in a shootout between two moving vehicles that traveled through Oak Park. A 34-year-old man was shot in the leg. One man was arrested and charged with reckless discharge of firearm.

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