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Chief: Brown Park rally not approved by Parks and Rec.

Posted at 8:12 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 16:06:27-04

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department was not aware of an “anti-gun violence rally” held at Brown Park Tuesday night, according to Parks and Rec Police Chief Oscar Benoit.

Benoit says security would have been present with the number of people that attended the event if Parks and Rec had been notified. A 22-year-old was injured during a shooting that occurred while the rally was happening.

The Chief says groups must follow steps to host large events or gatherings, like Tuesday’s rally, at one of the parks.

“We would not let the young people box on the tennis courts, there is protocol you have to follow,” says Chief Benoit.

It was previously reported that the rally was being held in response to the shooting death of local boxer Brandon Broussard. That information came from participants at the rally. However, a close relative of Broussard reached out to KATC, telling us Broussard’s parents were not aware of the event and did not sponsor it.

Read more on Tuesday night’s shooting below:

Person shot during anti-gun violence rally at Brown Park

If you have any information about this shooting, call the Lafayette Police Department at (337) 291-8600.