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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police say six people were charged overnight after "several" fights and gunshots followed a party near downtown Greensboro.

The incident happened at St. John's Masonic Lodge at 1107 E. Market St., where a promoter was hosting a party to "give teens something to do near downtown," according to Greensboro City Council member Zack Metheny. Metheny said the promoter was hosting a party targeting teenagers. Neither Metheny nor investigators could say who hosted the party.

Captain Joel Cranford with the Greensboro Police said their Department has been aware this event was planned for several weeks.

Earlier this week, he said, the event was moved to the East Market St. Lodge location. He said it was originally scheduled for a location in the Southern part of the city. Officers were positioned outside of the event Thursday night to thwart criminal activity and disturbances. Greensboro Police were not inside the event, said Cpt. Cranford, because the event organizers hired multiple private security officers to cover the inside of the event.

Cpt. Cranford said some sort of physical altercation happened inside the lodge around 11:30 p.m. which he said caused "about 200 teens" and others in the party to rush out of the front and back entrances of the lodge.

"Several groups began to engage in a disorder," explained a press release from police.

Police say someone started shooting a gun into the air. Additional officers were called to the scene to help control the crowd. Officers responded from Greensboro Police, A&T Campus Police Department and the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

No injuries were reported, but police detained three people.

Police say "several fights and disorders" broke out later as the crowd moved along East Market Street. Officers remained with the crowd until it dispersed around 1 a.m., police said.

A total of six suspects, three of whom are 16-year-olds and two of whom are under the age of 16, were charged as a result of the incident. 20-year-old Kenyon Jordan was arrested is charged with carrying a concealed gun and discharging a firearm inside the city limits.

The party and following fights happened outside of the city's newly designated downtown curfew area. Cpt. Cranford believed the party planners purposely planned to host the event outside the curfew limits so no one in attendance would get in trouble for being out late.

Police are still investigating the incident. They ask that anyone with additional information would call Crimestoppers at 373-1000.