Columbus leaders vote to change closing hour at Trotter Convention Center following shooting

Columbus leaders voted Tuesday to close the Trotter Convention Center at an earlier hour following a fatal shooting.

Posted: Nov 28, 2017 3:29 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 8:41 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – Columbus city leaders have voted to close the Trotter Convention Center at an earlier hour following a recent fatal shooting.

The shooting happened in the early-morning hours of Thursday, November 23 in front of the building. The shooting left Cordell Deshaun Lewis, 27, dead. No arrests have been made at this time.

Mayor Robert Smith

On Tuesday, the Columbus city council voted 4-2 to close the center at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.
The new hours will be in place for six months. The council also approved adding cameras throughout the center.

“It’s not fair for us to stop one of the other businesses like the Princess, the Premier Lounge - and then a tragedy happens at the Trotter, which is owned by the city, and we don’t adjust our time,” said Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

During the Tuesday meeting, Councilman Joseph Mickens made a counter motion suggesting that if alcohol would be served, moving the hour to 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m., to be fair to other venues.

This prompted a debate on another issue.

“Not only do we have a problem with guns,” Mickens said. “But we have a problem with alcohol. Every one of these events that happened with the murder, alcohol was consumed or it was sold on the premises.”

Lifelong Columbus resident J.P. Perry agrees.

“Somebody’s been drinking that alcohol and can’t handle,” he said. “And something’s going to kick off. You got two or three people or more, something’s going to kick off every time.”

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