Theater didn’t get proper permits to host underage party on night of shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS,Ind (June 15,2015)–The Madame Walker Theater didn’t have the proper permits to host a party that ended in a double shooting over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Department of Code Enforcement.

Derrick Alexander, 20, was shot in the head after an argument broke out in front of the theater. Another person was shot in the buttocks.  Alexander is still  recovering from his injuries in the hospital.

“Derrick is hurt very  bad. The bullet went in my son’s head and went around the back,” said Cherise Daniels, Derrick’s mother.

​Daniels says she can forgive the person who shot her son, but she is frustrated with the theater for hosting the party.

I’m not mad at the boy who shot my son. I just want him to step up and be a man and step up for what he did.” said Daniels.

A flyer advertising the dance party circulated the Internet in the days prior to the event.

“It was a promoter who was having an under-21 party. I think it was themed as a graduation  party,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Code enforcement tells CBS4 that the Madame Walker Theater was required to have a “dance hall” permit, however, there wasn’t one on file the night of the shooting. Even if the theater applied for a permit, the request would have most likely been denied because the theater has a liquor license–making them ineligible for a dance hall permit.

“I’m not thinking bad, I’m not thinking negative. I just want them to be responsible for the actions they have done.This is very serious,” said Daniels.

As of Monday,the theater had not received a fine from code enforcement. Leaders with the theater met with IMPD last week to discuss the permitting issue and techniques to avoid a similar situation in the future.

CBS4 reached out to the theater for comment but haven’t heard back.

So far, no arrests or suspects have been named in the double shooting. If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.


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