“It’s one step we can take immediately to ensure Sunday night’s incident does not repeat itself,” said Rochester Police Chief David Smith.
Commander-in-Chief of Police The city of Rochester, New York, has revoked the entertainment license of a venue that killed two people during a large crowd at a GloRilla concert on Sunday.
The Rochester Police Department’s licensing unit is scheduled to meet with the owner of the Main Street Armory on Wednesday following the incident. False reports of gunfire led to a panic in a place known locally as a “death trap.”
However, when the venue owner does not attend the meeting Rochester police immediately revoked the license of the entertainment venue and suspended any upcoming renewals.
“It’s one step we can take immediately to ensure that Sunday night’s incident does not repeat itself,” Rochester Police Commissioner David Smith said Wednesday. “The most important thing is life must be lost And we need to take action to ensure that it doesn’t get lost in the future. If this is preventable.”
The renewal refusal also prevents the Main Street Armory from hosting “public entertainment,” including concerts and sporting events. Rochester’s WROC reports that rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is scheduled to play at the venue on Saturday. March 11, before the facility was denied a permit.
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Rhondesia Belton and Brandy Miller were killed and eight others wounded “as a result of a large crowd pushing toward the exit after someone heard what they believed to be a bullet,” Rochester Police Lieutenant Nicholas Adams previously said. However, “there is no evidence to support that the shooting took place.”
“This is a huge tragedy,” Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said at a news conference on Monday. “It’s something that all of us who love concerts have to worry about. When you go to a concert, don’t expect to be trampled on. Your loved ones expect you to come home and talk about the experience you had at that great concert.”