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Orchard Park rink 'not over capacity' when woman was shot, owner says

The owner of Frank Young's Sports Arena in Orchard Park disputed a police estimate on how many people were at a party early Sunday morning at the rink, where a 21-year-old New York City woman was shot in the leg at about 1:30 a.m.

Police said more than 500 people were at the party. But Frank Young said Monday that about 300 people showed up. The building's capacity is 465 people.

"Our surveillance also shows we were not over capacity," Young said.

Young said the grassy areas around the parking lot were not torn up from cars leaving.

He said Saturday's event was the first and likely last time he would allow an outside promoter to hold a similar event.

Young, who has owned the venue on Buffalo Road for 13 years, said Orchard Park Police picked out the suspect after examining the arena's surveillance system.

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Police have not identified a suspect or announced an arrest.

Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem said he met with Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec, and the chief will issue statements for the town. Pacholec could not be reached to comment Monday.

An online flier for the party held Saturday in Orchard Park.

The event, billed as "2 Brauds Takeover," with music by DJ Likk, charged an admission fee of $10 from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Women were free until midnight.

The woman who was shot was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Police said when officers arrived at the facility at 3651 N. Buffalo Road early Sunday, hundreds of people were trying to flee on foot and in vehicles. Several vehicles collided while trying to leave. Additional officers from the West Seneca and Hamburg police departments were called to the scene to assist with the large crowd.

It took more than an hour to clear the scene of bystanders, police said. Flyers advertising the event had noted the building could hold more than 800 people.

"It (the party) got away from us," Young said Sunday.

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