Friday night at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival, false reports of an active shooter on the festival grounds caused a stampede among attendees flocking for the exits. Some festival-goers reported bruises, cuts, scrapes, and other injuries sustained during the panicked rush out of the grounds.
Shortly after the incident, the festival issued the following statement on Twitter: “There was a false alarm of an incident on site that caused people to panic. The situation has been confirm by police as a false alarm. The show is proceeding as planned with slight delays. Thank you for your patience. Anyone who ran out of the venue who still has their wristband on can re enter through security at the festival gates.”
Saturday morning, ahead of the festival’s second day, Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif issued the following statement:
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday night, there was a disturbance that led a large group of fans to believe there was an active shooter within the festival grounds. The commotion resulted in these fans running out of the venue, some of whom were injured and/or scared in the process. Security and public authorities immediately sprung into action, established it was a false alarm and there was not an active shooter in the festival, and diffused the situation.
Safety is #1 at Rolling Loud. We have hundreds of police officers and security guards hired to protect our fans. While we are upset this situation occurred, we are proud of the swift reaction of law enforcement to verify the area was secure.
Thank you for understanding. Let’s all come together today with positive and have a great day.