Brawl breaks out at Empire Lanes

Updated: 03/10/2014 5:16 PM
Created: 03/10/2014 3:13 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A bowling alley isn't the place you expect to see a huge brawl break out, but that’s exactly what Webster Police say happened last night at Empire Lanes. They say 20 to 30 people were involved. Right now, no charges have been filed. Investigators say that’s because a lot of the victims were also aggressors, so at this time, no one wants to file charges.

It’s a story that is hard to believe even for police.

Chief Gerald Pickering, Webster Police, said, “Tables and chairs were thrown at each other, people were screaming. It was quite an incident and at one point, someone picked up a bowling ball and assaulted one of the initial aggressors.”

So why did all of this start? Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says they believe two men, one in each group, have a history of fighting. On Sunday night, three people were stabbed. They are okay. Another person is in the hospital with a fractured skull. Police say he was hit in the head with a bowling ball. Investigators say there is cell phone video that shows kids were there at the time of the fight.

John Christopher, bowler, said, “It makes you wonder if the place is what it is supposed to be. It is very disappointing to have something like that happen.”

Chief Pickering assures the community the bowling center is safe and this was an isolated incident. 

AMF Bowling released a statement saying, “"We are conducting thorough investigation into this matter.  During such time and after, our guests will always have assurance that they can enjoy the use of all of our facilities in a safe and secure manner. "

Jim Dambrosia said, “It is not good for business and it is too bad it happened.”


Right now, we do not know the condition of the man in the hospital. Police say they do have enough evidence to support charges, if someone changes there mind.

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