Lil Wayne Performance Abruptly Ends After Fears Of Gunshots Send Crowd Running
By B.D. Haas
Chaos erupted as Lil Wayne performed at the 2018 A3C Festival in Atlanta on Sunday after fears of a possible shooting sent crowds at running in panic.
WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta obtained video of the panicked flight from the Georgia Freight Depot where Wayne had just begun to perform on Sunday night. Music and tech reporter Cherie Hu wrote on Twitter that she was at the concert when suddenly the crowd bolted.
"Crowd at @a3c just started stampeding away from the stage, a few min into Lil Wayne’s performance," she wrote. "No one knows what exactly happened—some say a brawl spiraled out of control—but security is now evacuating the entire venue. i am safe and will update as i learn more."
crowd at @a3c just started stampeding away from the stage, a few min into Lil Wayne’s performance. no one knows what exactly happened—some say a brawl spiraled out of control—but security is now evacuating the entire venue. i am safe and will update as i learn more
Chaos erupted during Lil Wayne's set at A3C tonight in downtown Atlanta. Fans went running when they thought they heard gunshots. Police tell us there is no evidence of a shooting but a dozen injuries were reported as fans ran away from the venue.
On Monday, the Atlanta Police Department issued a statement to ET and said the investigation is ongoing.
"It appears that someone in the crowd at the event located in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Central Ave. yelled that they heard gunshots," the statement reads. "This caused people at the event to attempt to flee the location. There have been approximately twelve minor injuries reported to police such as ankle injuries and lacerations from attempting to jump fences. At this time we have been unable to locate any evidence to support claims that shots were fired. The investigation continues."
The organizers of the festival issued a statement Sunday night saying that there was no shooting and that the panic was caused by a fight that broke out:
"Sadly, there was an altercation tonight that ended Lil Wayne's performance. We are still collecting information to determine exactly what happened and will provide follow up information as soon as we know more details," the statement read. " Please be assured that law enforcement officers present have confirmed that there were no weapons involved. This was a very unfortunate way to end what had been an otherwise amazing week of music, friendships, and connections. Thank you to everyone for your amazing support and positive energy all week. We love y'all."