Indiana State Fairgrounds Shooting Leads to City of Indianapolis Lawsuit

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The IndyStar reports that promoters of an under-21 dance party last month where a deadly shooting occurred have been sued by the city of Indianapolis.

Vanessa Searcy, Mark Battles, Brian Hill, Derrico Freeling, Cory Parchman and Desean Boykin were cited as being a public nuisance and failing to obtain a dance hall license from the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement for the Dec. 21 party at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Farm Bureau Building.

Shawn Dewanye Campbell, 20, died and David L. Brooks, 18, was wounded in shootings related to the party billed as The Ice Cold X-mas Jam talent contest. Both men are from Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police, with assistance from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, are handling the shooting investigation, but have made no arrests. IMPD issued citations to four adults connected to the party, including Parchman, for not having the city permit necessary to hold a large dance party.

If the city wins its suit, the promoters would be responsible for repaying police expenses.

Four of the six promoters hosted numerous dances prior to the State Fairgrounds event in violation of a court order, according to the city’s Department of Code Enforcement. Searcy, Battles, Hill and Boykin could face jail time if found guilty of contempt of the order.

The six promoters are scheduled to appear in Marion Superior Court on Feb. 16.

Reach Star reporter Tom Spalding at www.twitter.com/SpaldoBusiness or contact him at (317) 444-6202.

Source: IndyStar.com

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