Sheriff: 1 injured, buildings & multiple vehicles hit by gunfire at club in Williamson County

One Heartland Sheriff calls a Southern Illinois Club in his county a "nuisance" after a series of incidents over the last two years
Published: Apr. 13, 2023 at 8:27 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2023 at 5:54 PM CDT
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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - An investigation is underway at a Williamson County business after deputies respond to multiple shots fired calls on Saturday, April 8.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, one man was shot in the chest after gunfire erupted at “Club 262″ located on Samuel Road in Carterville.

Sheriff Jeff Diederich said there was a large crowd at the business during the shooting.

When deputies arrived at Club 262, also known as “Lord of the Wings” and “Foreign’s Playland,” they found the gunshot victim and four vehicles and buildings hit by gunfire.

Sheriff Diederich said the 29-year-old victim was taken to a hospital and later flown to a regional trauma center where he is expected to recover.

Investigators report approximately 30 rounds were shot from multiple caliber weapons.

Diederich said he was surprised there were not more victims hit by gunfire in the parking lot.

“I’m very concerned, as well as the members of the public that have contacted me with their concerns. Both the residents in the immediate area and around the community,” said Diederich

During a search of the property, investigators said they found evidence that leads them to believe an unlicensed liquor establishment is being operated, including a full bar, point of sale system and cover charge at the door.

In a released statement, Diederich said this is not the first time law enforcement has been called to the business.

He reports officers have responded to a total of 43 calls in the past 24 months, including five shots fired reports. The other calls were for large crowds, fights, loud noise complaints, alleged unlicensed liquor sales and other disturbances.

“I have warned this establishment in the past that the large crowds, lack of adequate security, repetition of illegal activity and the unlicensed alcoholic beverages being consumed on the premises were likely to contribute to someone getting hurt,” said Sheriff Diederich in a released statement.

Diederich said criminal charges are expected and the investigation is ongoing.

Members of the Carterville, Energy and Herrin Police Departments, Illinois State Police and Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson assisted with the case.

On Wednesday, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission sent a cease and desist letter to the owners of Club 262.

They said any future sale of alcohol at the club without a license could result in a $20,000 fine.

We reached out to Williamson County Commissioner Tim Atkisson about the Club 262.

Atkisson said the club had a liquor license until May 2022 when it was then pulled. The club has not renewed it since.

He also said the club has been fined, but is unaware of how much.

Heartland News has reached out to Club 262 for comment, but at this time our call has not been returned.