Mishawaka mass shooting leads to entertainment ordinance proposal

Mike Rodts plays in the Wednesday afternoon bolling league at the BK Club in Mishawaka. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ

MISHAWAKA  — The city’s social clubs are asking for clearer answers on Mishawaka’s efforts to begin a permitting process for anyone who wants to put on a large event here.

On Monday, the Common Council’s public health and safety committee heard from both the clubs and the city on what’s included in a proposed amusement and entertainment ordinance.

The city wants a way to explore and evaluate large public and private events before they occur. The move came after officials said oversight was lacking following a  mass shooting in June outside of Heavenly Goat Brewing Co. in Heritage Square that left Victor Kyle Jr., 26, dead and four others injured.

The interior of the Heavenly Goat Brewing Co., in Mishawaka, as seen through a window in June, after a mass shooting in the parking lot.

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As written, social clubs, like the BK Club and the DiLoreto clubs, would have to file permits for events in their facilities if they would have more than 100 people in attendance. The permit fee has not been established, but officials have discussed $20 to $25 each as a possibility.

For the BK club, a nonprofit that hosts 100 events a year, the permitting process would be cost prohibitive and cumbersome, a spokesman said.