Atlanta, GA – Following Wu-Tang Clan‘s headlining performance on Saturday (October 6) at Atlanta’s A3C festival, fans were understandably amped for an October 7 line-up that included Dipset, Trina, and Lil Wayne, whose Tha Carter V topped Billboard’s 200 with 480,000 equivalent album sales.
Unfortunately, 10 minutes into his headlining set, what some initially speculated to be gunshots caused a stampede, forcing the venue to be evacuated.
“Everyone seemed to turn and focus on this one area of the crowd,” a patron in the VIP — Brit Tea — told HipHopDX. “Then in an instant, I felt the whole weight of the crowd shift.”
“I fell to the ground — everyone was rushing and screaming. It was so scary,” she continued.
A3C LIL WAYNE CONCERT SHOOTOUT. pic.twitter.com/WAaOA2U6P4
— Keats the Geek (@KeatsTheGeek) October 8, 2018
— poeticaboutjustice (@sweetboutbitter) October 8, 2018
Authorities were unable to confirm there was, in fact, a shooting as many had first thought — and (shortly after reaching safety) one outlet (JaGurl TV) reported that it was actually a brawl close to the backstage area that quickly escalated causing a mass panic that rippled outward. Moments later, the festival itself issued an official statement, echoing that no weapons were involved — and pledging to update everyone as they receive further information on the incident.
“This was an unfortunate way to end what had otherwise been an amazing week of music, friendships, and connections” the statement reads. “Thank you to everyone for your amazing support and positive energy.”
Wayne also took to Twitter after the incident, noting “Hope everyone at A3C is safe.”
— #A3C18 (@A3C) October 8, 2018
Hope everyone at A3C is safe!! ??
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 8, 2018