100 People Involved in Deadly Bar Brawl in Western Suburbs: Police

Police believe two groups of people began arguing and fighting following a large party inside the bar.

Police arrived at the scene of a deadly bar brawl in suburban Illinois early Saturday to find at least 100 people shouting and fighting in a melee that spilled into the parking lot and street.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to any arrests in connection with the case.

Officers flocked to the parking lot behind La Quinta de los Reyes at 36 E. New York St. in Aurora around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, according to police. Authorities believe two groups of people began arguing and fighting following a large party inside the bar.

They arrived to find dozens of people brawling and a man lying dead in the parking lot of gunshot wounds. Investigators identified the man as Marcus Holland, 36, of Aurora. He was shot more than once by a suspect who fled the scene after the shooting. Holland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moments after the deadly shooting, police were notified that a 22-year-old man had been stabbed outside the bar, authorities said. The man, from Batavia, was treated for non-life threatening injuries to his back, and released from the hospital.

The suspect believed to be involved in the stabbing was described as a man in his early 20s standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 170 pounds, according to police. He was wearing a black, white and red hooded sweatshirt with a white shield on the front.

Investigators are unsure whether the shooting and stabbing were related. Most people at the scene were "uncooperative and hostile with police," authorities said.

The bar was not immediately available for comment. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to any arrests. Tips can also be submitted through the Aurora Police Department’s free app.

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