BRAWL BREAKS OUT IN BOWLERO PARKING LOT, LEAVING SECURITY QUESTIONS

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A Saturday night brawl caught on camera at newly opened bowling/entertainment spot Bowlero has many shaking their heads.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department responded to the parking lot brawl at Bowlero next to University Mall on McFarland Boulevard just before 10 p.m. Video shows dozens of people involved.

District 5 Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner said what happened is pathetic, and everyone involved should be prosecuted.

“To bring this type of new entertainment, and then for something like that to happen,” he said. “You know, it was disgusting. It was pathetic, and I certainly hope with all the video they find who the people are and prosecute.”

Tyner said he’s not surprised the brawl happened, because large-scale fights do happen every now and again. But he is surprised it happened so soon.

“I have no idea what (Bowlero’s) security plans are, but because we gave them their liquor license I talked to the owner and I said, ‘you know this is such a big place and you can imagine how big it’s going to be. I hope you get the proper security in place.’ And he said of course, he said we anticipate big crowds and we’ll have our security in place.”

From the video, it appears there was no security outside the building, where dozens of people were involved in several separate fights. It’s unknown if the people involved were patrons of Bowlero.

Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson said when TPD arrived, the person who called police decided to not pursue any further action, so no police report was filed. Richardson said that’s common in these types of situations, but Tyner said something should be done to ensure patrons can come and go safely.

“I think (the owner) is going to have to put some ‘no loitering’ signs, going to have to have security outside,” Tyner said. “If you’re not coming there to enjoy Bowlero, don’t come there and cause trouble outside.”

There is still no word on what started the brawl.

WVUA 23 reached out to Bowlero about the incident, but they declined to comment.

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