Southaven to Evaluate Community Centers after Shootings, Fights

Southaven to Evaluate Community Centers after Shootings, Fights

Fights and shootings are becoming an all too frequent occurrence in Southaven, Mississippi. They're happening at community centers and most are among teenagers. The city's taking a second look at how the buildings are used.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (localmemphis.com) - Fights and shootings are becoming an all too frequent occurrence in Southaven, Mississippi. They're happening at community centers and most are among teenagers. The city's taking a second look at how the buildings are used.

"Just got a lot a little hit right here," says 15 year old Austin Grills. He was beaten up a few weeks ago while playing at Southaven's Performing Arts Center in Colonial Hills.

"He was approached by about 15 young black males," says his dad David Grills. "They were playing basketball together...they beat him unconscious and stomped his head on the floor."

His dad is upset no adults were present.

"I feel it should have been adult supervised. There wasn't an adult in the building."

"All of the city buildings are handled by our parks and recreation department," says Lt. Mark Little. "People fill out applications to rent them on certain occasions."

Right now, anyone can rent the city-owned buildings for parties and events.

There have been problems.

Southaven police arrested a 16 teen year old this month for shooting into a crowd of teens at another city run property, the Tennis Center off Malone. Two teenage girls were hit by the bullets.

"I do know with the recent events the new administration is looking into it," says Lt. Little. "The mayor and new board are all addressing this and trying to determine if there are some changes that need to be made."

Right now, the city could be liable for some of what goes on.

Lt. Little says problems are going to happen anywhere. Police do their best to keep Southaven safe.

"It's like I tell people: you could rent a building from a bank or a business and have a problem there."

There's no word on when the board is going to discuss the matter.

We tried contacting new mayor Darren Mussellwhite to ask, but our calls weren't returned.
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