Music fans got another frightening reminder of the potential danger of crowd stampedes at live concerts. At the Lovers and Friends Festival in Las Vegas, reports of gunfire in the area caused the crowd to scramble. Several people were injured in the ensuing crush.
At the 2021 Astroworld Festival, several were killed and even more injured when a similar stampede occurred during a performance by Travis Scott. Fortunately, the Las Vegas incident was far less catastrophic. Three people were treated for minor injuries.
TMZ reports that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was unable to verify any shooting in the area. That report was deemed untrue. They did confirm that several people were transported to a local hospital with injuries.
“Shortly after 10 PM, gunfire was reportedly heard near the site of the Lovers & Friends Festival, causing a large group of attendees to exit the venue. At this time, there is no evidence of a shooting and the initial report has been deemed unfounded. Three people were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The show has since resumed.”
The festival featured several huge acts. Lauryn Hill, Ludacris, Lil John, Mario, Monica, and TLC. After the all-clear was given by authorities, Usher performed for the crowd. Fortunately, it was not much worse.
The condition of the injured fans is not known at this time, but their injuries were described as minor by police. This could have been another major tragedy. Luckily, security acted swiftly and got the crowd under control before another massive stampede could occur.
What do you think of this story? Let us know in the comments!