BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- On Saturday July 1, 2017, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired at the Texas World Speedway, 17529 State Highway 6 in south Brazos County.
There was an event being held at this location being called the "4Horsemen 16th Annual Campout and Trailride", in which there were several thousands in attendance.
During the investigation into this incident, it was discovered that Marvin Scott, the promoter of the event, had an agreement with Texas World Speedway Motorsports LLC on February 10, 2017. Scott promoted the event on Facebook.
Through research by county investigators, it was found that Scott did not receive a Mass Gathering Permit through Brazos County.
On August 4, 2017, a warrant of arrest was issued for Scott for the offense of Promote Mass Gathering without Permit. On August 7, he was arrested on this warrant.
Brazos County Judge Duane Peters, who approves mass gathering permits, believes Scott didn't apply for a permit because he wanted to save money.
"If (Brazos County) were going to require more security out there all of that is per hour per deputy, that's a cost," says Peters.
An event requires a special event permit if there are more than 2,500 people, more than 500 people when both alcohol and minors are present, the event goes past 10 p.m., or if it lasts for more than 5 consecutive hours.
According to Peters, when the county evaluates an application for a mass gathering permit, many county officials oversee the preparations.
"We would get law enforcement involved," says Peters. "We'd get the fire department involved; we'd try to get the health department involved to get a consensus as to what we need out there."
Texas World Speedway owner Bill Mather told KBTX they asked trail ride organizers to adhere to proper statutes and have cooperated with the sheriff's investigation.
Not having a permit is a class B misdemeanor in Texas and results in a thousand dollar fine or up to 90 days in jail.
Scott's case has subsequently been transferred to the Brazos County Attorney’s Office.