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Shooting at public facility puts rental policies in question

(WMC-TV) - A shooting at the Southaven Tennis Center has placed park building rental policies under the microscope of city leaders.

Sliding and monkey bars are some of the favorites for Kenneth Douglas' grand kids when they visit their favorite Southaven park. But just past the playground is the Greenbrook Park Pavilion. It is one of several city park facilities that can be rented out, just like the city's tennis center, where two people were shot during a party a few weeks ago.

There are talks about changing policies after a shooting at the Southaven tennis center.

"We're going to look for ways to kind of have a grip on what's actually going on at the facility," said Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite.

Applicants are asked to share with the city the purpose of the event being held at the facility, as well as the number of guests expected. But Mayor Musselwhite wants to make sure that information is true.

Even though the pavilion can be rented at the park, the playground and walking trails are public.

"I mean you could have drug lords down there turning it in to a party, you know?" said Douglas.

On Tuesday, Southaven police charged a second suspect, who is 18 years old, in the shooting. A 16-year-old is also behind bars.

The mayor says the Southaven Board of Aldermen will look at possible policy changes in the coming weeks.

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