I love graduation parties. The celebratory nature combined with the fact that everyone knows it’s kind of their “last hurrah,” so to speak, creates a great atmosphere. Plus, there’s always some chick who wants to shack up one more time before she gets whatever job a communication degree gets these days. Despite the fact that they’re generally very fun, for the most part, all graduation parties are the same. Every now and then, though, these parties can get a little out of control. However, one recent graduation celebration might take first place as the wildest one yet.
According to local authorities, a graduation party in McKeesport, Pennsylvania broke into pure chaos the night of July 23rd. The party, held in a pavillion in Renzie park, got out of hand pretty fast according to witnesses.
“They’re all screaming and acting crazy,” said park security custodian Jack O’Neil. “They’re peeling out of here speeding, going 60 miles an hour.”
Between 200 and 300 people were in attendance, which is a pretty decent crowd for a simple graduation party. Obviously, with such a crowd, there has to be plenty of entertainment — and there was — in the form of alcohol and “exotic dancers.” My kind of shindig.
As you can expect, the cops got involved as soon as they heard about this. Initially, only one police offer showed up. Almost immediately, he called back to headquarters for backup. 300 partygoers hyped up by booze and strippers was apparently too much for him. Go figure.
Shortly thereafter, reinforcements arrived. Much to their surprise, they were greeted with gunshots.
“I’m walking down, I hear like 12 shots take place, and the car went crashing down through the senior citizen’s gate,” said [park security custodian] O’Neil.
After cordoning off the area and conducting a search of the scene, police officers were able to find a handgun. Later on, they found 21-year-old Brandon Murphy and charged him with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment. Those charges are no joke, guys. If convicted, Murphy is looking at some hard time.
Murphy isn’t the only one in trouble, though. Chief Bryan Washowitz — who stated that his officers found copious amounts of alcohol, as well as “suggestive female dancers” doing the tricks of their trade — is definitely not happy. His departments and the officers subordinate to it may be charging those who threw the party with corrupting the morals of minors. You hate to see that.
I’d like to be able to finish this story by saying that nobody got hurt, but sadly, that is not the case. According to a CBS report:
A young man showed up at UPMC McKeesport Hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach and hands. He was flow by STAT Medivac helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, but his wounds are not life-threatening.”
Aside from the injuries and charges people are facing, the party sounds like it was a blast. I think Old Crow Medicine Show’s song Humdinger sums the event up perfectly: “We got wine, whiskey, women, and guns. How can you afford not to have any fun?”