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March 2, 2015

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Skate park shooting, complaints prompt review of business license

702 Skatepark

A shooting early Sunday morning that injured a 20-year-old woman outside the Area 702 Indoor Skate Park & Skate Shop has prompted North Las Vegas Police to review the business' operating license.

The shooting occurred at 2:07 a.m. Sunday outside the skateboard park toward the end of a late-night concert at the business.

Police spokesman Timothy Bedwell said the shooting victim has been released from University Medical Center, but no suspects have been taken into custody.

The shooting happened in the wake of complaints from nearby business owners about teens and young adults causing problems during the night near the skateboard park, which opened in 2008 and modified its special use permit in January 2010 to include live entertainment at night.

"The problems really arose in about the last few weeks," Bedwell said.

Business owners have complained about large numbers of teens and young adults overwhelming their stores and shoplifting after concerts, Bedwell said. Police estimated 300 to 400 people were at the scene of the shooting Sunday.

In response to complaints, police originally had scheduled a meeting involving Area 702 and local businesses to address concerns and look for solutions, Bedwell said. Police, however, have postponed the meeting while they review the skateboard park's modification to its special use permit adding live entertainment.

Denise Thurtle, who owns the skateboard park with her husband, said she believes their business is meeting the conditions of the permit allowing the indoor live entertainment at night.

Even so, Thurtle said they recently have taken measures to ensure safety, such as hiring an armed security guard to stay until the parking lot clears, notifying police when an event is about to end and screening attendees for weapons and contraband before certain concerts.

"We do everything we can to make sure it's safe here," she said.

Until contacted by police several weeks ago, Thurtle said she didn't realize nearby businesses were experiencing problems after the concerts.

The concerts, which include a variety of music genres, have been popular at the indoor skateboard park, which Thurtle said doesn't serve alcohol or advertise itself as a nightclub atmosphere. Employees check attendees' identifications at late-night concerts to only allow those 18 and older to enter, she said. Concerts earlier in the evening are open to younger guests.

"I'd like to work with (police) as we have been doing," Thurtle said.

In the meantime, Area 702 is implementing an additional safety measure during concerts: no re-entry.

If attendees leave the building, they won't be allowed back in to the live entertainment at night, Thurtle said.

Police said the motive behind Sunday's shooting is unclear. The investigation is ongoing.

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  1. I'd be more concerned about the group that hangs out at the custom auto place behind the skatepark.

  2. I can 100% vouch that she is lying, this "INDOOR SKATEPARK" is calling themselves a "NIGHTCLUB" !! They call is Falsetto Nightclub, a link to a few flyers has been attached, they are falsifying their licenses and the night of that event there was a big fight on the inside alot of people got hurt inside of there, but they kicked everyone out and locked their staff inside KNOWING that something else was about to happen and that young woman got shot! They should have notified the authorities as they were kicking everyone out for a huge fight like that, or maybe THEIR SECURITY shouldn't always be in the back smoking cigarettes like they always are, their security staff is not able to handle things if they are never in the skatepark, and turning a skatepark into a nightclub is ghetto so that would def attract the ghetto crowd, as said their permits allow concerts at night...not club events!! come on city of las vegas, catch up with the people that are doing things illegally