Authorities in Rochester, New York, have closed the music venue where a deadly stampede occurred after a performance by rapper GloRilla on Sunday night.
“Today, Chief Smith signed an order denying the renewal of the Main Street Armory’s entertainment license,” the Rochester NY Police Twitter account announced Wednesday. “Effective immediately, the Main Street Armory is unable to host any public entertainment.”
That tweet included a photo of a uniformed officer taping a notice on the concert hall’s heavy black door. The notice said the owner and operator had “failed to maintain good order on the premises.”
Two women were killed and eight people were injured, one critically, when concertgoers rushed through the doors of the Main Street Armory. Police dismissed claims that the stampede was sparked by gunfire.
The military base-turned-concert hall seats 5,000 people, though it’s unclear how many were inside when the chaos began near the end of Sunday night.
Shortly after midnight, GloRilla tweeted that there was just found out about the tragedy and was “praying everyone is okay.”
The next day, she said she was “devastated and heartbroken by the tragic deaths that occurred after the show on Sunday.”
“My fans mean the world to me. Praying for their families and for a speedy recovery of all those affected.” she added.
the rapper is next scheduled will perform in Texas on March 18.
The Main Street Armory was first built in 1905 as the headquarters for the 3rd Western New York Battalion, according to your website. Since then, it has hosted circuses, concerts, sporting events, and car shows.
bands like Panic! at the disco, The Struts and Styx have performed at the venue. A concert by the heavy metal band Anthrax was canceled in August after the the stage broke during an opening band set, according to NYS Music.