Friday, March 08, 2019

River North: Owner injured, bouncer killed by gunfire outside Sound-Bar

A popular River North dance club’s bouncer was killed and the bar’s owner was shot during an early morning incident outside of Sound-Bar, 226 West Ontario, according to police and sources within the hospitality industry. No one is in custody.

Police said the victims were involved in a fight with a group of approximately fifteen people on the sidewalk near an alley behind Sound-Bar at 12:10 a.m. today when shots were fired by an offender who ran from the scene.

Thurman Bailey, a 28-year-old bouncer for Sound-Bar, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:04 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner's office said. He had been shot in the abdomen, chest, groin, and left arm.

Police said the second victim is a 58-year-old man who had bullet fragments in his leg and arm. That man transported himself to Northwestern at 12:34 a.m. where his condition was stabilized.

Multiple hospitality industry sources identified the surviving victim as Mark Jurcyzk. Jurcyzk is the long-time 50% owner of Sound-Bar and the full-owner of neighboring Y Bar, according to state records.

About a dozen shell casings were recovered from under the CTA tracks near Ontario and Franklin after the shootings.

Police are looking for a suspect who was seen leaving the area on foot with a handgun. He is black and was seen wearing a black jacket, green camouflage pants, and black shoes with white soles.

Witnesses also reported seeing three cars speed from a parking lot near the shooting scene onto the nearby Ontario feeder ramp: a white minivan, a white C-class Mercedes, and a taupe Cadillac Escalade.
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