Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Caracas Nightclub Stampede Leaves 17 Dead

Caracas Nightclub Stampede Leaves 17 Dead

The club was packed with more than 500 people who were celebrating the end of the school year.

A building housing the Los Cotorros club where several people died when a person activated a tear gas grenade inside, according to Venezuela's interior minister Nestor Reverol, is seen in a neighbourhood in Caracas, Venezuela June 16, 2018.

The interior ministry ordered the nightclub to be shut down and is coordinating with the public ministry to carry out the necessary investigations.

The club is officially called "El Paraiso" but is more widely known as "Los Cotorros" or "The Chatterboxes".

Reverol added that the nightclub manager had also been arrested for breaking the law against "avoiding the entry of firearms and ammunition" into establishments organizing such events.

A relative of one of the victims of the night club where a tear gas grenade was detonated waits outside the morgue in Caracas.

At least five more, including three minors, are in a critical state at a hospital.

Reverol said the owner had permitted weapons into the club that threatened the "integrity" of the establishment.

At least 17 people have died after a nightclub brawl led to a stampede in Venezuela. Julio Cesar Perdomo said his injured son told him the tear gas was launched from inside a bathroom and that partygoers tried to flee but found the club's door closed.

"That's not a big space and that should not be authorised", he said. No information on the owner's name, exact charges or current whereabouts was immediately provided.

Officials did not comment on whether the exit had in fact been closed after the melee broke out.

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