LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two 23-year-old men were taken into custody over the weekend after a fight erupted at a Lebanon music venue followed by shots being fired across the street.
Police quickly responded to the scene, which was just two blocks away from the police department, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after calls started rolling in to 911.
“It’s really big – two or 300 people maybe – people with blood on them. There was just a lot of fighting, security tried to handle it, but it was just out of control,” one 911 caller said.
Moments later, with hundreds of people coming out of Cahoots, shots rang out across the street in a bank parking lot.
“The shots were fired from over there,” owner Bill Miller said. “They were never on this property.”
According to Miller, the initial fight was broken up quickly.
“It was broken up and done in three minutes. While they were walking away, a buddy of his walked across the street and decided he was going to start shooting in the air,” Miller said.
Police quickly arrested Dre Crenshaw. Witnesses said the 23-year-old is the one who fired a .45 handgun multiple times into the air.
“I heard, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!,” recalled Miller.
Also taken into custody was 23-year-old Tristan Woodard. Police said found the handgun, brass knuckles and drugs inside his truck.
Crenshaw was charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony.
He and Woodard are also charged with drug-free school zone violations.
News 2 has learned since the beginning of the year, there have been 96 calls for service to Cahoots. The calls range from assaults to vandalism to disorderly conduct.
Miller said he has been associated with the venue for 12 years and that he is working hard to change its perception.
“This is the first time anything has happened like this. You can’t let one unintelligent person ruin the fun for everyone else,” he said.