By Lauren Gregory, Staff Writer
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga police say shootings reported after two different events over the weekend call attention to an emerging public safety threat: events hosted by party-promotion companies.
Violence erupted at both the "Lovers & Friends" Valentine party at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday and a party at the National Guard Armory on Saturday, both of which involved independent agents renting the space from historically problem-free venues, said Chattanooga Police Sgt. Bobby Simpson.
Sgt. Simpson, head of the police department's civil enforcement unit, says similar occurrences are reported every few months in the city, either because well-intentioned promoters are ill-equipped to handle large crowds or because they have little incentive to keep someone else's facility safe.