17 Dead After Nightclub Brawl

Fight in Caracas club sparked deadly stampede
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2018 12:30 PM CDT
17 Dead After Nightclub Brawl
A satellite image of Caracas, Venezuela.   (Getty Images)

Venezuela's government says 17 people were killed Saturday after a nightclub brawl in the capital led to a stampede, the AP reports. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol says eight minors were among those killed. Another five people were injured. He says one of those involved in the fight set off a tear gas device during a graduation celebration at "Los Cotorros" club in the middle-class neighborhood of El Paraiso, triggering the stampede of more than 500 people. Images circulated on Twitter showed shoes scattered outside what appeared to be the club and people embracing one another, some wiping away tears.

Reverol did not give any motive behind the brawl. "The establishment has been ordered closed, and we are investigating in coordination with the public ministry, which is directing the criminal investigation," Reverol says. He also said seven people were arrested, including the owner of the club and the person who is believed to have launched the explosive device. He says the owner had permitted weapons into the club that threatened the "integrity" of the establishment. Most of the injured were being treated at nearby hospitals, and one minor was in serious condition.
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