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Armory responds to incident following concert

Rochester, N.Y. -- A Rochester police officer and a 21-year-old man were injured after a fight broke out as hundreds of people left a reggae concert Sunday night at the Armory on East Main Street.

Police said it was a large fight, but Scott Donaldson, who booked the show at the venue, said he didn't realize what happened until Monday morning.

Donaldson said he didn't anticipate any problems following the concert because he said the event itself went smoothly, but a fight broke out as people were leaving the concert and police were called.

He said he had a team of 30 security officers, but they didn't witness the incident, so he assumed it started and ended quickly. Donaldson said he feels terrible that two people were hurt.

"There's nothing worse to us that when something like this happens," Donaldson said. "We take this very personally. ... That's the worst thing that can happen, when somebody gets hurt."

Donaldson said he always makes readjustments in security and personnel, following events.

He said police were called to the Armory in March after 5,000 college students attending a concert became rowdy and out of control. Donaldson claimed changes were made to prevent problems like that, but he admitted he didn't give the city a list of events so it could anticipate large crowds leaving the venue after Sunday night's concert.

He said he sent the city a list of scheduled events Monday to prevent any other problems. He said he will also re-evaluate security following the incident after Sunday's concert.

Rochester police said there have been 43 calls for service at the Armory and seven arrests since the first of the year.

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