Injuries reported as melee breaks out during Lil’ Wayne concert
At first it was thought that gunfire broke out, but authorities and fans confirmed that wasn't the case
At least 12 people were hurt in Atlanta Sunday when a disturbance forced rapper Lil’ Wayne to cut short his performance at the AC3 music festival, according to multiple reports.
Unfounded reports of shots fired also helped set off the disturbance, that ignited shortly into the rapper’s set, according to Variety.
Police released a statement published on the Variety website.
“It appears 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 read. “This caused people at the event to flee the location. At this time we haven’t been able to locate any evidence that support claims that shots were fired.
Social media video showed the chaotic scene, and TMZ published video of a stretcher being carried out of the venue.
The police department told People in a statement that the injuries were minor.
“There have been approximately twelve minor injuries reported to police such as ankle injuries and lacerations from attempting to jump fences,” the statement read.
One Twitter user confirmed that there were no gunshots but that escalating fear led to the chaos.
It wasn’t a shooting. It was a fight that got out of hand
— Coolie In The Cut (@slickerthanoil) October 8, 2018
Wayne, 36, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, responded to the disturbance via Twitter, posting, “Hope everyone at A3C is safe!!” and ending the post with a praying emoji.
Fans on Twitter described the chaos.
Y’all. Shits going on at A3C. Almost got trampled. Everyone running. Someone reversed and was speeding in a black SUV with NY plates ran over a barricade the wrong way on a one way road downtown. Legit shaking rn. #atlanta
— GUCCI MAIM LA FLARE (@abenbreezy) October 8, 2018
People got trampled on up against the VIP fence! A couple girls also passed out also!
— Genius (@Geniusonthebeat) October 8, 2018
The AC3 festival ran Wednesday through Sunday and featured three stages of live music.