Party organizers respond to post-event violence

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Still no arrests after yet another teen party ends in gunfire.

Police responded to Club Rendezvous downtown around 10:00 Friday night when a fight spilled out into the street.

17-year old Ed Derival promoted the teen party at the club found on Broad Street.

He says they had security on hand to keep the event under control.

"Last night just got out of hand real fast and I don't think nobody saw it coming," he said. "Everything was going good until right when it was time to end. That's when people starting arguing and somebody started fighting and it led outside."

Derival says that's when the guns came out and Louis Penn or DJ Blaze, as he's known on the party circuit, stepped in to help break up the fight because this kind of situation could turn into his worst nightmare.

"When I throw parties, I don't want to have to call the mother or father to tell them their child has been fatally wounded," said Penn.

While it may not make sense to adults, these teens say the parties are important to them.

"We don't really have time to connect with one another, except for school and church," said Huguenot High School student Torrey James. "The parties is like our escape route."

But, they say, sometimes the music gets the kids too excited, teens from different schools, all over the area attend creating tension and some of the partiers are trying to prove their metal.

The problem is, those actions now come with very serious consequences -- including scenes of violence.

"A lot of these kids, they don't understand the real fact of what life really means," said Penn. "When you take a life, you want to shoot at somebody, you gotta deal with that for the rest of your life."

Those teens also tell me, even if they have security check everyone at the door, sometimes people grab weapons from their cars when fights spill outside.

They say that's why it's important to have police on hand to disperse the crowds.

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