A3C Festival Issues Additional Statement About Stampede During Lil Wayne’s Set
This past weekend, on Sunday (Oct. 7), attendees of the annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival and Conference were unfortunately greeted by chaos when rumors of gunfire resulted in a stampede and Lil Wayne’s scheduled performance was cut short.
Hours after an investigation began, the Atlanta police department confirmed that there was no evidence to support the claim that gunfire had erupted during the history-making rapper’s set. It was also reported that as a result of the evening’s events, at least 12 people were treated for minor injuries.
Now that the dust has settled and the festival has officially concluded, A3C has issued an additional statement offering further insight into what happened during what was initially supposed to be Wayne’s first live set since releasing his long-awaited Tha Carter V album.
“Unfortunately, less than 10 minutes into Lil Wayne’s set two individuals started to fight each other,” A3C’s Executive Director, Mike Walbert, began in a blog post on the festival’s website. “We have spent the hours between the incident and now assessing the situation, collecting information and ensuring we respond with an accurate account as to what happened to the best of our ability. Several people in the crowd attempted to break up the fight, including a Georgia state trooper who was on-duty providing security.”
From there, Walbert breaks down exactly what happened and why those in attendance were under the impression there was a weapon scare.
“In trying to break up the fight, we understand that the trooper withdrew his Taser, which reportedly omitted a red light,” the statement continues. “The Taser was not used, but upon seeing the Taser, several members of the crowd yelled ‘gun,’ which caused a panic in the crowd and people started rushing away. Unable to tell exactly what was going on, many people assumed the worst and there became a rapid dash to clear the grounds.”
Elsewhere throughout the statement, Walbert also expresses his gratitude for the “village” it takes to build such an immersive platform for Atlanta and hip-hop culture at large, adding that he and festival organizers are “determined not to let this incident define the truly amazing week of events.”
Take a look at the in-depth statement reflecting on this week’s past A3C Festival and on the unfortunate events that unfolded during Lil Wayne’s set via the A3C blog.
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