SPRINGFIELD, MA (CelebrityAccess) — Springfield city officials have called for a license review for the Paramount Theater in the wake of a shooting on Sunday during concert by Harlem-based rap group The Diplomats.
The shooting, which took place around 1:30 AM on Sunday in the front lobby of the venue, left three people with gunshot wounds, though, none considered to be serious, according to the Springfield Republican.
The paper reported that the shooter and an accomplice distracted club security at the door, allowing the shooter to slip inside. He announced himself to his intended victim and opened fire, injuring the victims — two men and a woman.
Police are searching for the shooter, who was described as dark complected and wearing a black sweatshirt.
The venue had been a source of trouble in the past, including a notorious brawl in 2004 between 50 Cent and several audience members, and strict security requirements were included in conditions for the liquor license. However, after a 2011 sale of the venue to the New England Farm Workers Council, the venue has only been opened sporadically and the requirements may have been relaxed, the Republican said. – Staff writers