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Grandmother of banquet hall shooting victim wishes more adults were at party

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The grandmother of one of the victims in a weekend shooting at a teen concert, said she wishes more adults were there.

Ola Ruth Tobin said her granddaughter TeEricka Gray, 20, was shot in her left hand and is now recovering at a local hospital.

"I started crying as usual what grandmother's do.  Especially because I brought her up," Tobin said.

Gray lives with her grandmother, who tells Fox 4 Gray was at the Tropical Palms Banquet hall for the "All Gold Everything" party on Saturday night, when police say shots were fired inside.  Police said more than 150 people were there -- mostly teens. They said the shooting spilled out into the parking lot, where Gray was.

"She was on the way to the car when she heard the shooting. And she ran out and I guess whoever was shooting ran out too and started shooting," Tobin said.

Police said along with Gray, two 15-year-olds, a 17-year-old and another 20-year-old named Evan Williams, were shot.

"I think it's horrible I don't like it, but that's what happened," Tobin said.

Police said a witness said he was working security at the front door checking people for weapons, but showed up late. He told them when he got there, 50 people were already inside.  Gray said there was little adult supervision from what she understands.

"If I was going to have a party like that, I would at least be there, some of the parents they should've been there," she said.

Police have made no arrests.

City councilman John Sharp, who chairs the Public Safety committee, told FOX 4 there are regulations in place for adult parties, but he said they need and will look into regulations for parties involving minors such as this one.

It's unclear how much security was at the party, but Councilman Sharp says with an event like this, there should be security inside and outside.

Sharp says the city passed an ordinance a few weeks ago to define a nuisance business where they could suspend or revoke their business license for continued violation of blight in the neighborhood.

But, Sharp said five years ago, when a man was shot and killed at the banquet hall, was the last serious incident he could remember at the banquet hall.

The banquet hall owner said he was advised not to comment on this until the investigation is complete.  He would not say who rented the hall.

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