WRITTEN ACCOUNTS OF Fearful concertgoers at Friday night’s Wiz Khalifa and Logic show in Indianapolis’s suburbs scrambled over seats and climbed fences to get out of the building after a mass gunshot sparked widespread fear.
The event occurred at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, around 10:30 p.m. local time. Khalifa and Logic’s concert was part of their Vinyl Verse Summer tour, which they are co-headlining till September 2 in St. Louis.
The Indianapolis Star says that a spokeswoman for the Noblesville Police Department refused to comment, leaving it unclear whether the shooting claims during the event were fabricated. Fans sitting on the grass area of the outdoor venue can be seen fleeing away from the event in a video shared on Twitter as Khalifa sings and then stops suddenly.
This is the third case of widespread panic at a summer music festival in the United States.
The cameraman comments that the concertgoers didn’t even go through metal detectors. I didn’t hear a pistol go off,” the man’s pal replies off-screen. Reporter Rory Appleton from the Indianapolis Star was also there and tweeted that he had not heard any gunfire.
Live Nation manages the venue, but neither they nor Khalifa have responded to Rolling Stone’s demands for comment.
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In what seems to be the third such occurrence at a summer music festival, a fake allegation of a gunshot has sparked widespread fear. At the Lovers and Friends music event in Las Vegas in May, hundreds of attendees fled the venue after hearing rumors of a “security problem,” injuring three in the process.
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An 18-year-old security guard at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival faked a mass shooting warning in August to get off of his shift early. Janya B. Williams was taken into custody and charged with a felony for making a false report of terrorism.