EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed charges Friday against two brothers from Alton in a shooting last month at a nightclub in Venice.
Vincent Gordon, 32, and Vontarius Gordon, 31, are facing multiple charges in connection with the shooting.
Officials say a physical altercation between Vincent Gordon and a female patron occurred June 28 at the C & M Lounge. He is alleged to have punched the female in the face, which led to a confrontation between multiple people that eventually spilled out into the parking lot. It is at that time that Vontarious Gordon began shooting into the crowd with a semi-automatic handgun, hitting people on the parking lot, the C & M Lounge itself and a vehicle. It is also alleged that Vincent Gordon began firing shots with his own weapon, an assault rifle. Both men fled the scene before police arrived.
Officers with the Venice Police Department, in conjunction with investigators from the Illinois State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Granite City Police Department worked the case and were able to identify the brothers as the shooters.
Both men are facing six counts of aggravated battery with a firearm (Class X felony) for the six victims injured at the scene. None of the injuries were life-threatening. They also face two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm (Class 1 felony) for shooting the lounge and a vehicle on the parking lot. Finally, both men were on parole and were therefore charged with one count of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon (Class 2 felony).
Bond was set at $1,000,000 by Associate Judge Neil Schroeder. Vincent Gordon is in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville. He is awaiting transfer to Missouri for his parole violation on a kidnapping conviction. Vontarius Gordon, who was convicted in Illinois for aggravated battery with a firearm, has been transferred to Menard Correctional Center on his parole violation.
Gibbons thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Crystal Uhe, chief of the Criminal Division, and the officers from the multiple police departments for sorting out a difficult case that led to Friday’s charges.
“We are very fortunate that no one was killed that night,” Gibbons said. “It was a very chaotic scene and thanks to the diligent work of everyone involved, both of these violent men are back in custody.”
Maximum penalty for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in prison; maximum for a Class 1 felony is four to 15 years in prison and three to seven years on the Class 2 felony.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based on probable cause. The defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.