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Ritz evacuated after report of shooting

Tampa officers evacuated nearly 1,000 people from an Ybor City club tonight after two people in the club were heard talking about shooting during the concert, police said. Almost 1,000 people, customers and employees, were evacuated from the Ritz Theatre, 1503 E. 7th Ave., before the Summer Slaughter Tour. A customer heard two other customers talk about shooting people once the concert started at the club, police said. Management at the Ritz Theatre became worried and called police at around 5:34 p.m., police said. The club was evacuated from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and part of 7th Avenue was closed. When police officers arrived, they evacuated the building and searched for weapons with a K-9, police said.
No weapons were found in the club and the people who had been evacuated were allowed back in. Once people got inside, police officers got on stage and told the audience what had happened and why they were evacuated. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause and thanked the officers, police said. The concert went on as scheduled with the bands Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy and Goatwhore.
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