A fear of shots fired led to mass chaos at the Rolling Loud music festival on Friday night, though it was confirmed shortly after that there was no active shooter threat.
Just after 11 in the evening on Friday, approximately an hour after the tweets began to flood in with users wondering what was going on, the Rolling Loud Twitter account posted a tweet in response to the chaos. The official account confirmed,
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
Reporter Jeff Weinsier for WPLG-TV ABC tweeted, “PER THE COMMANDER ON THE SCENE NO ONE SHOT – NO ACTIVE SHOOTERS AGAIN – THE COMMANDER CAME ON THE RADIO ASKING ALL UNITS TO CALM DOWN – NO ONE SHOT – NO ACTRIVE SHOOTER – JUST GET THE AREA CLEARED
Multiple sources have since confirmed there was a slight fight among an unknown group, but there were no shots fired whatsoever. Jorge Gonzalez, an executive producer at CBS, relayed information Miami Gardens Police Department which confirmed “NO SHOTS FIRED AT ALL” at the event.
Still, that didn’t stop mass pandemonium from taking place, with crowds of people running away from the area and a number of people taking to Twitter to search for information on the apparent incident.
Here’s what you need to know:
Videos, Tweets Reveal Mass Chaos as People Wondered Whether a Shooting Took Place (It Did Not)
Here’s are a few videos of the mass exit that took place on Friday night, with hundreds of people running away from the event — (note, the caption in this tweet below is NOT correct):
Others noted that the Rolling Loud official Twitter account was not quick to relay information to those attending the festival; at the time of the chaos, its most recent tweet read, “It’s lit!”
That tweet has since been deleted, but you can see it above.
In response to the “It’s Lit” tweet, one user tweeted back,
“Yo we destroyed fences thinking we almost died, could’ve told us what the noise was, I’m a still stay to mosh”
Another tweeted, “Just give us a refund I’m not dealing with this. That was the most terrifying thing to ever happen in my life. Loved the festival just don’t feel safe”
Others criticized the festival for continuing to move forward with musical acts after the chaos took place. One user tweeted, “After half the audience ran for their life and trampled over people and fences the show should’ve been called off for the night”
Another tweeted, “Almost 100,000 kids was running out a festival probably high af thinking there’s a deadass active shooter fearing for their life getting trampled and shit And rolling loud tweets ‘it’s lit’ smh”
Other users called out the Rolling Loud account for its suggestion that those who left in the chaos might come back to redeem their music bracelets. One user tweeted, “Lol! Okay because we all didn’t just hop in cars back to our hotel. I have cuts all on my legs & hands from jumping the fence. No thanks. Worst 1st experience of my life”
The extent of the apparent stampede and trampling is not yet known. However, many users have tweeted about it. One user wrote, “
@RollingLoud where is my $800 refund for being trampled on??? I didn’t pay for someone to step directly on chest”
Someone else suggested that the cause of the chaos might have had to do with a concert goer yelling shots fired, tweeting, “Whoever LIED and started running and yelling ‘shots fired’ at Rolling Loud has a whole different kind of karma coming. Y’all know what kind of world we live in now, don’t ever play like that.”