Son of Harvey Cop Fatally Shot at Strip Club; 3 others Wounded

(ABC) Harvey Wednesday morning, police said.

The gunfire broke out at the Boogie Nights Club in Harvey at around 2:10 a.m. and multiple south suburban police agencies responded to 147th and Wood.

The Harvey police chief said two security guards and a third person were shot inside and then the incident escalated, spilling outside, where a person was shot and killed.

Family members identified the man as 25-year-old Divonni Keel. Keel’s father, Darnell Keel is a Harvey police officer. Back in 2014 Lt. Keel was shot in a hostage standoff in Harvey. He pushed another officer out of the way.
The three victims who were wounded were taken to local hospitals. Police said Wednesday afternoon that two of the three wounded victims have been released from the hospital and the third is in stable condition.

In a statement, Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas said, “There is an obvious emotional toll on the Harvey Police Department due to the tragic loss of an officer’s son. At this time the bereaving officer in our department is asking for privacy as we comfort him and each other.”

Family and friends wept in the rain as police gathered evidence in front of the Boogie Nights Gentlemen’s club. Neighbors woke up to the gunfire.

“It sounded like firecrackers at first, but then when I kept hearing the loud pops, I’m like no, that’s gunshots,” said neighbor Marquetta Townsend.

According to a police source, Divonni Keel has had several run-ins with the law. Last September, Keel was charged with aggravated kidnapping after prosecutors said Keel held his girlfriend, her 4-year-old daughter and four other minors at gunpoint inside his home, the police source said.

As a 17-year-old in 2011, Keel was accused of stealing his father’s police vehicle and activating the police lights before crashing into another vehicle, the police source said. Keel was found guilty of possession of a stolen law enforcement vehicle and sentenced to probation.

Lt. Keel was at the scene and said he never liked the club and wished his son would have stayed away. Other neighbors called it a trouble spot.

“It’s always shootings,” said neighbor Nicole Cochrane. “It’s always shootings, especially here. It’s shootings. It’s fights. It’s everything on this corner.”

Richard Wilson said during Wednesday’s shooting, his car took a stray bullet while he was sitting in the driver’s seat at a gas station across the street. His passenger side window now is shot out, but he is okay.

“The way they were shooting, they shot this whole area up,” Wilson said.

Now police continue to dig for a motive and suspects in this case while neighbors call on the city to shut down this club.

“It’s time to go. It’s time to close ’em,” Cochrane said. “They need to go.”

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is assisting with the investigation.

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