Charles Jones, GM And Operating Owner Of The Factory Gentlemens Club, Shot to Death On Chicago Highway
The Tony Batman’s A Entertainment News hates to bring you this news about Charles Jones, the bigger than life General Manager of The Factory Gentlemens Club in the Chicago area. News reports say this was a case of road rage as Jones was driving his Maserati on the highway, a full investigation is underway, Charles Jones was 42, Read Much More Below……………….
Chicago, IL- from the ChicagoTribune.com – Friends and relatives of the manager of a Far South Side gentleman’s club who was fatally shot Sunday said they were puzzled by the bizarre incident, which seemed to stem from an early morning traffic crash.
Charles Jones, 42, was driving on the Near North Side about 3 a.m. when a 2005 Buick LaCrosse sideswiped his 2007 Maserati, police said.
Jones pulled over and went to speak with the driver of the Buick, police said. The Buick’s driver and another passenger got out of their car, went to another car and then over to the Maserati and began shooting, police said.
A witness at the scene said Jones had his hands up as if to say, “Don’t shoot,” when the gunman opened fire.
A 44-year-old woman was shot in the back, police said. The two were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Jones was pronounced dead and the woman was in serious condition, officials said.
The woman told WGN-TV that the driver of the Buick initially sped off while the two cars were stopped to exchange information after the accident. Jones and the woman were headed toward a police station when they encountered the Buick again, she said. Jones and the driver of the Buick got into an altercation at that point. The woman said she saw the driver of the Buick aim a gun at Jones and heard two shots, but wasn’t sure if both bullets hit Jones.
“When I saw him fall to the ground, I knew (the shooter) was coming for me,” she said in a phone interview from her hospital bed. “So he ran over — when I saw that, I ran to the car and, you know, I accelerated so, you know, he wouldn’t be able to shoot me. But unfortunately he reached his hand in the car and he shot me in the back.”
Jones was “larger than life, literally and figuratively,” said John Burys, owner of The Factory gentleman’s club in the 12000 block of South Doty Avenue, where Jones worked as the general manager.
“He was a very, very loyal guy,” Burys said. “He had an old school way of doing things. His word was his bond.”
Earlier in the day, Jones and the woman were at a family reunion in Berkeley, said David Hatwood, a disc jockey who worked with Jones and saw him at the reunion.
“He was the type of guy, if he walked in the room, everybody just stopped,” Hatwood said.
Hatwood and Burys said they weren’t aware of any conflict that could have sparked the shooting. Burys said it sounded like “one of those road-rage type things,” but he was still puzzling over how and why it happened.
Jones had “a really good street sense,” Burys said. “Why would he get out of the car?”
Jones has addresses in Miami and Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office and police. He had been managing The Factory since May 2011, and he sometimes represented himself as its owner, Burys said.
“He was a flashy guy. He drives a Maserati, and everybody knew that he was a club owner,” Hatwood said. “Guys think you’ve got money and this and that — they’re going to go after you. Things like that happen.”
The Factory has been closed for about a month, Burys said, because of flooding during the April storm and because the city revoked the club’s license to operate a public place of amusement. Burys said he has appealed, and the case will be reviewed Wednesday.
Colleagues and relatives said Jones also operated clubs in Miami and in Texas, where his Maserati was registered.
A 24-year-old man who was driving past as the shooting happened said the shooter was pointing a black handgun at about head height when he opened fire.
“I saw (Jones) wobble and fall,” the man said.
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