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For 35 years, the Hampton Coliseum Spring Carnival has been a mainstay over the Memorial Day weekend in Hampton, Virginia. Not anymore. [Hampton shooting leaves 1 dead, carnival cancelled, Virginia Pilot, May 27, 2013]:
The annual Hampton Coliseum Spring Carnival ended a week early after a nearby shooting late Saturday killed a 16-year-old boy and prompted concerns about safety.
The shooting took place less than a half-mile from the coliseum. Around 11 p.m., police responded to multiple 911 calls and found Ralphael Davis Jr. lying in the road in the 1900 block of Coliseum Drive with a gunshot wound in his chest. Davis died a few minutes later after being transported to the hospital, police said.
Four other teenagers were shot and transported to the hospital, police said. Three were released. A 14-year-old Hampton boy was shot in the back and listed in critical condition, police said.
The incident started with an argument between two groups as they left the carnival, police said.
The police chief, city manager and coliseum director talked Sunday morning and made the decision to shut down the carnival, said Robin McCormick, a city spokeswoman. The event began Thursday and was scheduled to run through June 2.
The carnival has come to the city coliseum for more than 35 years and attracts 25,000 to 30,000 visitors over the 10 days, McCormick wrote in an email. The event generates revenue for the city in direct spending at the carnival and in surrounding restaurants and shops, she wrote.
“If it becomes a place where people bring violence, not as many people are going to come anyway,” McCormick said. “So I think it was a trade-off.”
Amusements of America, based in Monroe Township, N.J., has operated the carnival for many years, McCormick said. She said she had no information about the financial obligation the city would have to the company after cancelling a week early.
“Because of this unfortunate incident, the advisability of continuing this event in the future is being examined by coliseum, city staff and area stakeholders,” McCormick wrote. “Public safety is of paramount importance to us all.”Is there any reason to comment further? A powerful example of foreshadowing was posted at HamptonRoads.com on May 22, when an article was published that announced the start of the carnival:
Submitted by ricke69229 on Wed, 05/22/2013 at 10:12 pm.
Always seems to me the coliseum location over the years has been the sight of bad crowds for many events. Love a good carnival, but despise hoodlums.How safe is the carnival ricke69229?
That is was cancelled because of violence between two packs of 'youth' (blacks) groups should sufficiently answer your question.
Happy Memorial Day! Remember -- this is what veterans of all of America's wars fought and died for... freedom personified in hoodlums having the right engage in Spontaneous Blackness that forces the cancellation of an event for 35,000 other individuals.