Bounce City owner: Weekend shooting did not occur at business
Published 4:10 pm Monday, May 16, 2016
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — The co-owner of a popular indoor inflatable play area for children says despite claims of a weekend shooting at the downtown business, no such incident occurred there. Two teens were shot Sunday and according to police, the two told them they were shot in front of the business.
Salisbury Police responded at 12:30 a.m. Sunday to a call of shots fired and while en route an officer was flagged down by Antwond Glenn and Kendell Stefon Felder, both 18, who said they were shot in front of the business. The two said they ran to the 100 block of East Innes Street.
Bounce City co-owner Jehan Allen Davis said Monday there was no shooting inside or in front of the business or around the area. There was a prom after party being held at the facility that was open to teens 19 and younger.
Davis said she’s very concerned about the health of the teens who were shot, but is skeptical of the statements they provided police.
“They are not patrons at our establishment,” she said.
She said there was no off-duty law enforcement, but there were five hired security officers on site, including Bounce City staff and one who is a probation officer. The building was leased to a promoter who held the after-prom event.
Davis said her business has worked with this particular promoter before and has never had any issues with him or the events he’s organized.
The security personnel did hear what they believed to be gunshots in the area near Jackson Street, at which time the party was still going on, she said.
“The security had everyone inside. No one could get in or out. We had the place on lockdown,” Davis said.
She refutes claims by the teens who said they were shot in front of her business and Salisbury Police who said officers encountered an unruly crowd. She said the teens who attended the party were “good kids.”
“Everyone was really calm. We made sure there were no issues. We started to gradually let everyone out,” she said.
Davis said staff declared the party was over and “we thought it was best they leave.”
She estimates the party-goers were cleared out around 12:30 a.m. There were over 100 teens in attendance. None of the attendees went into the party without being checked by a security wand before entering the premises.
“There was no unruly teens. Everyone went to their cars or parents picked them up. Everyone was very cordial and well behaved,” Davis said. “It was a nice event.”
She also said there were no bullet holes in and around the building nor shell casings or broken glass. Davis said as of Monday morning she had not talked to Salisbury Police.
“Overall, I appreciate everyone’s support. Our patrons and customers know what we do. I just wish our law enforcement would do more investigation and give business owners an opportunity to provide some sort of feedback,” Davis said.
There have been about 15 nighttime events at Bounce City, but more than four teen events, she said, none of which have had issues with violence.
“We built this business on the character and principal of providing a safe place for children. I feel anytime there’s a downtown event, it’s negative towards my business. We don’t serve alcohol, we just play music,” Davis said.
No arrest has been made in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.