Two people died and eight others were injured when a stampede broke out after Memphis rappers GloRilla and Finesse2tymes performed at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York, on Sunday, the New York Times reports.
According to ABC News, authorities said the stampede appears to have started after people thought they heard gunshots and rushed toward the exits. David Smith, chief for the Rochester Police Department, said at a news conference on Sunday that there was no evidence a shooting had occurred inside the venue.
“We are hearing many reports of potential causes, including crowd size, shots fired, pepper spray and more,” the police department said in a statement on Twitter. “Preliminary reports from people at the scene indicate that these injuries were caused from being trampled. We do not have any evidence of gunshots being fired or anyone being shot or stabbed.”
One of the people who died has been identified by police as Rhondesia Belton. Belton was 33 and worked for the City of Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency, Mayor Byron W. Brown tweeted.
Per the Times, police have not released the name of the second person who was killed. A woman is in critical care at a nearby hospital and seven other people went to hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries that were the result of trampling, Smith said.
The incident is reminiscent of what happened at the Travis Scott concert at the 2021 Astroworld music festival, where ten people died and dozens of others were injured after the crowd rushed the stage. Scott, who has a history of encouraging rowdy behavior at his concerts, denied any responsibility for the tragedy.
GloRilla said that she heard about the incident after she left the concert. She tweeted that she was “heartbroken” and praying for everyone.