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Police respond to fight at Star City Skate Center with close to 200 people

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - A community is still looking for answers after a crowded party turns into a 200-person fight, according to police.

Roanoke County police first responded to reports of shots fired at Star City Skate Center on Hershberger early Sunday morning.

Nicholas Gilliam Jr. and Marques Davis say that a song came on that stirred local gang tension.

"The song NBA (Never Broke Again) YoungBoy Overdose came on and people started throwing up gang signs, started getting rowdy. and then people started fighting," said Gilliam Jr. 

"I mean it was crazy because we had just gotten there. Like we didn't even spend like 30 minutes in there." 

They say gang signs soon led to 95% of the room becoming involved in a fight. Gilliam says that, although no shots were fired, he saw at least one individual holding a handgun.

"They had it out. They was running with it," he said.

Davis was one of the youngest in the crowd at 13 years old. He says he had one thing on his mind during the chaos.

"Honestly I didn't want to die. I did not want to die," he said.

Both boys say that, after the brawl inside cooled down, many people came outside to the parking lot, where several smaller fights then broke out.

Gilliam says that he's relieved that Davis is okay, but has not had a chance to check in with the rest of his friends, including one who was knocked out during the fight.

"Like come on bro, just try to have fun at the party," he said.

The skating rink has since adjusted their hours since the fight. 


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