TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County shut down an event hall operating as a teen club following the New Year's Day shooting deaths of a 15-year-old girl and 25-year-old man who attended a party at the venue.
Records show the venue operated as the Dub D Event Hall. The venue was available for party rentals and had previously hosted large “teen nights” on numerous weekend evenings throughout 2017, according to social media posts.
The venue was hosting a New Year’s Teen Pajama Jam on the night of Jan. 1 when sheriff’s investigators say the party got out of hand. The venue's organizers decided to close early that night because of fighting inside the club.
A pair of armed security guards reported hearing fireworks followed by gunfire from a vehicle outside the club. The security guards then returned fire on a vehicle.
The security officers' gunfire killed both Jyhaad Grant, 25, and family friend Julissa Jackson, 15, while the two were inside the vehicle.
Investigators found two guns inside the vehicle. Deputies said the guns appeared to have been fired.
Sheriff’s investigators said the security officers were in fear for their lives and do not face charges in the shooting deaths.
After the shooting, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue determined the fire marshal last inspected the building in May 2015, when it was approved for use as a church with an occupant load of 82 people.
The county said the property owner failed to inform fire officials about the building’s change of use, and has since been warned the space may not be occupied again until the fire marshal can return and complete a new inspection.
On Thursday night, 10News found the event hall’s doors chained shut with an eviction notice posted on the front door. A pair of pickup trucks riddled with bullet holes were still parked out in front of the business.
The event hall is part of a larger property operated as a storage facility and business park. Individual businesses can rent space in the park similar to a strip mall, but neighboring business owners tell 10News the teen club may have been operating “under the radar” in violation of their agreement with the business park.
10News was unable to reach the property owner or the person operating the Dub D Event Hall Thursday. We hope to learn additional information from Hillsborough County on Friday.
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