There was a crowd stampede at Lil Wayne’s New Orleans festival.
Per the Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, the venue was overcrowded by at least twice the usual capacity of 15, 000 people, and this caused a stampede on Saturday night after Meek Mill’s performance.
As at press time, the police aren’t sure what caused the disturbance but speculated that false rumors of gunfire or a fight could have prompted panic.
“My brother said to me and my cousin, ‘Run. Just run. I don’t know what’s happening,’” local attorney Melanie Melasky said. “I turned around at one point to see what was happening, but everyone was running away.”
The newspaper added that fans knocked to the ground and suffering cuts, scrapes and bruises. On-site medical staffers provided care. A medical tent and concession stands near the stage were overrun, with the medical tent left in tatters on the ground. Sections of fencing were knocked over. Tables were overturned. And beverage booths near the main stage were damaged.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” said George Krider, an employee of Bev Inc., the catering company that operated the drink booths at Lil WeezyAna Fest. “It was a stampede. The first thing you think is, ‘Was it gunshots?’ I think it was a fight.”
Police officers stationed around the site said no shots were fired on the festival grounds.
The show, however, continued despite the commotion. Following Meek Mill’s 30-minute set, rapper Travis Scott performed and Lil Wayne headlined the festival.