Shooting leads to review of Latvian Hall policies

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Scene of shooting, Latvian Hall, Grand Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Detectives say they believe former Grand Rapids Christian football player Andre Davis, 20, was shot over his involvement in a gun fight a few hours earlier at the Latvian Association Hall in Grand Rapids.

They don't say Davis "did" any shooting, but for some reason he was targeted afterward as he rode in the back seat of a car near Wealthy Street and Division Avenue.

The hall was rented Saturday night to a tenant who often hosts various shows and parties.

Leaders of the Latvian Association say there has never been a problem with this frequent renter.

"It was going to be an event the same as this person has always had," explains Liga Gonzalez of the Latvian Association. "He's rented a number of times without any problem at all, so we thought it would be another non- incident event. Just nice and quiet."

But Saturday some uninvited guest showed up with guns.

"It was bam, bam bam, bam and the next thing, we have 30 to 50 people running down our street, all screaming," says neighbor Richard Palmer, who was awakened by the noise.

And neighbors say it's not the first time there have been problems with events held at the hall.

"Every weekend there are parties up there where the music is so loud it vibrates the lamps on your table," says Palmer. "What are we going to do now? Where do you draw the line?"

"We do want to be good neighbors," says Gonzalez. "It's hard when people don't tell you the truth when they are signing up for their rental. We are thinking of things, trying to get ideas on how to better vet the people who rent the facility. We are a reputable organization."

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