The license of GloRilla’s Sunday concert venue, Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York, has been revoked following the deaths of two people during a crowd surge, the Rochester Police confirmed.
Amid the investigation into the alleged shooting incident that caused a stampede after GloRilla’s concert, the Rochester Police Department’s Licensing Unit set a meeting with the venue’s owner Wednesday.
The venue has been locally known as a “death trap” due to several incidents that had happened inside the venue, Rolling Stone reported.
However, the owner did not attend the meeting, leading the police to immediately revoked its entertainment license. The no-show also caused Main Street Armory not to have the chance to avail of its upcoming renewal.
The denial of renewal also disallows the Main Street Armory from hosting any entertainment events. After GloRilla’s concert, rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was scheduled to hold his show at the venue on March 11.
However, his team has since canceled the show before the license denial, according to WROC.
Rochester police chief David Smith said Wednesday that the revocation is part of the authorities’ process in ensuring the events during the Sunday concert will not repeat.
“The bottom line is, lives were lost, and we need to take steps to make sure that no lives are lost in the future if this was indeed something that was preventable,” Smith said.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans held a news conference on Monday, calling the event “a tragedy of epic proportions.”
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After the concert ended around 11 p.m. that night, the concertgoers were seen surging toward the available exits. The security and police blocked several doors following a report of a physical altercation involving a shooting incident.
Smith said they found no evidence of gunshots being fired or anyone being shot and stabbed at the venue, Associated Press cited. Meanwhile, the Rochester Police Department explained that the reports regarding the shots caused the crowd to panic.
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As of press time, the police are looking into the possible causes of the crowd surge.
Following the event, one woman was pronounced dead after being rushed to a local hospital. A second victim died Monday due to severe injuries.
Eight others were left injured, one of them remains in critical condition as of Monday night.
Rochester’s Main Street Armory was built from 1905 to 1907, with the US Army initially using it before the armory hosted events. It was shut down in the 1990s due to a lack of fire suppression system, but it reopened in 2005 after improving its facility and following fire codes.
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