Police in Martinez arrested five people early this morning after concertgoers at a hip-hop show started fighting and firing gunshots. Shortly after 12 a.m., police heard a rapid succession of about 20 gunshots coming from the Veterans Memorial Hall at 930 Ward St. The hall was
rented out Friday night for a music event. The event’s promoter, AllBayHipHop, told police that 400 people bought $15 tickets for the show,
most between 14 and 19 years old. When police arrived at the hall, they saw multiple fights had broken out among people at the concert, and many of the teens were running towards their cars. Officers detained people in two separate cars and arrested a total of five people after finding a loaded weapon. Four of the five males arrested are juveniles. The fifth, Antwone Smith, 20, of Antioch, was booked at the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez on weapons charges, according to police. Nobody has reported any gunshot wounds from the party, and police
believe the attendees who shot their guns fired them in the air. Officers who investigated the veterans hall site determined that people fired at least five different types of weapons. Police found three more weapons, numerous shell casings and live ammunition at the site. The shots apparently broke three windows in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, located next door. Later this morning, three teenage girls came to the police department and reported that they were battered at the same party by people they did not know, trying to leave the area after the shots were fired. Police are still investigating.
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