Neighbors horrified by Myth shooting, but largely OK with venue

The clear March night had an early-spring chill in the air as a crowd poured out of Myth Live following a concert by rapper Lil Baby. 

The sight of throngs of people heading to cars or milling about in post-concert excitement is typical for Katherine Gaines, who lives at the Wyngate Townhomes apartments on Village Trail across the street from the Ashley Furniture parking lot that Myth contracts for extra parking. 

The concert venue is on Southlawn Drive off County Road D, just north of Maplewood Mall.

“It’s loud,” she said with a smile and a shrug about living next to Myth. Gaines, 29, had just returned home from birthday festivities on March 29, getting ready to call it a night when she heard gunshots.

“Bang, bang,” she said, mimicking the loud shots ringing throughout the area. 

Gaines looked out her front window, which faces the concert venue and its parking, and saw people running in every direction. 

“They were running across the street, they were running right here,” she said, pointing to the road just in front of her front door. 

Jerome Treadwell, 37, who also lives in Wyngate with his wife Jennifer and their 15-year-old daughter, also heard the shots.

He ran to his daughter’s room as his daughter ran to him. By the time he got to his front door, there were police officers running down the sidewalk between the row of cream- and white-colored connected homes. 

Treadwell and his daughter went outside. “We got searched by police because whoever did it ran through here,” he said.

A huge brawl broke out after the rap show in the Ashley Furniture parking lot, leading to the shooting. One person was shot in the neck but survived.

There were also reports of overdoses and thefts that night.

 

Stray bullets?

In response to the violent and hectic night at the Myth, and two years of what Maplewood police called “numerous public safety issues,” including assault, disorderly conduct and a litany of other crimes, the city came cracking down. At its April 8 meeting, the Maplewood City Council ordered the concert venue to come up with plan to straighten out its act or it could lose its liquor license.  

Maplewood, and the immediate community surrounding Myth — some 700 housing units — said council member Kathleen Juenemann, expect to be protected from public safety issues. 

“A stray bullet could go through [my daughter’s] window any day,” said Jennifer, 35. “Like, you don’t know. You just don’t know.”

“It’d be terrible if a stray bullet came,” said Judy Detsch, 70, who lives across the street from Myth at Maple Hill Senior Living, also on Southlawn Drive.

Detsch’s window faces the Ashley Furniture parking lot. She heard the shots and watched as police arrived. 

“Something has to be done,” said senior housing resident Mary Cowley, 65. Judy Sievert, 77, added, “it would be good” if Myth were shut down. 

Others who live in the senior community took less strident stances toward the venue.

“I don’t mind it,” said Terry Weldon, 63. “Just keep the guns out.”

Pat Hopkins, 74, agreed. “I think it’s fine for the young people. They need more security or police,” she said. 

Jennifer and Jerome don’t believe the club should be shut down. “You don’t want to put nobody out of business,” said Jennifer, 35. 

But the couple feels Myth staff should change the types of crowds the venue attracts. 

“It seems like every time they have a rap concert going on over there, it’s a routine — there’s a rap concert and then there’s always some kind of drama to follow right behind it,” Jennifer said.

Treadwell agreed, adding that rock shows have fist fights, not shootings. He suggested switching younger rappers like Lil Baby for older rappers with more adult fan bases — the night of the shooting was an all-ages show. 

 

–Solomon Gustavo can be reached at sgustavo@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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