News

Song Triggers 200-Person Brawl at Roller Rink: 'I Didn't Want To Die'

A brawl broke out early Sunday at a Virginia roller skating rink after a song stirred gang tensions.

Police were called to the Star City Skate Center in Roanoke just before 1 a.m., WDBJ7 reported.

When Roanoke County and Roanoke City police responded, they found 200 adults and teenagers in a massive brawl with one another.

Initial report said that there had been gunfire at the scene, but police could not find any shell casings or other evidence to support that claim.

Witnesses Nicholas Gilliam Jr. and Marques Davis said the impetus for the fight was a song that was broadcast over the skating center’s sound system, WFXR reported.

Trending:
Entitled Woman Assaults McDonald's Employees for Refusing Her Special Request, They Fight Back and She Ends Up Leaving in Handcuffs

“I mean it was crazy because we had just gotten there. Like we didn’t even spend like 30 minutes in there,” Gilliam said.

“Like come on bro, just try to have fun at the party,” Gilliam added.



After the song, gang signs were flashed and soon the fists were flying. Gilliam said he saw one person with a handgun.

Have gangs gotten out of control?

“They had it out. They was running with it,” he said.

Davis, 13, said he was one of the youngest people at the event and had only one thought during the chaos.

“Honestly I didn’t want to die. I did not want to die,” he said.

None of the witnesses could identify the song that started the fighting.

Related:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Dozens of Other House Dems Push Against Deportation of Illegal Immigrant Gang Members

After the major fight ended inside, minor fights erupted in the parking lots, the boys said.

No arrests were made, WSLS reported

Police turned all juveniles detained at the scene to their parents or caretakers, the Roanoke Times reported.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , ,
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
Location
New York City
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Foreign Policy, Military & Defense Issues




loading

Conversation