INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police busted an underage dance party that involved more than 300 teens. Officers say the Saturday night party led to a late night shooting near the Colts Complex on 56th street.
The dance party was held inside Brick House Fitness in the 4400 block of Lafayette Road. According to detectives, two teenagers rented the facility from the owner.
The party was billed across social media as “Glow Sticks and Bad Chicks.” It cost $10 to get inside. Women were admitted for free before 9:30 p.m.
Police photos show a crowd of people outside the fitness center.
An IMPD patrol officer on his regular beat noticed a line of people wrapped around the building – that raised a red flag.
“This building is nowhere near rated for that kind of capacity. It’s rated for less than 100 people to go into the location,” said IMPD Sgt. Bill Carter, who heads up the department’s Nuisance Abatement Unit.
Carter was one of the officers called in to investigate.
“(There was) very inadequate security. There was no way of controlling the crowd,” said Carter.
Police ended up citing the owner of the fitness center. He now faces up to a $2,500 fine.
Carter says it doesn’t take much for an underage dance party to spin out of control. He showed 24-Hour News 8 two videos of two different parties where teens could be seen throwing chairs at one another and fighting.
Saturday’s dance party at Brick House Fitness ended without any violence inside. However, later that night, not far away on 56th street, police say kids who were at the dance party were involved in a shooting. One person was injured.
Carter says as the weather warms up and high school graduation approaches, more under 21 dance parties will pop up.
Police monitor social media sites and look for dance party fliers. If they find one well ahead of time, Carter will ask a judge for an injunction to prevent the event from taking place.