A fan who was at a T.I. concert, where a man was shot dead, has been telling Newsbeat about the "hectic" scenes. "We were inside, just about to walk up to the security point, then all of a sudden we seen people running out," said an eyewitness. Then I saw it getting hectic more and more people were running. Trampling over each other," the man added. Police have confirmed three people were injured after several shots were fired inside Irving Plaza in Manhattan.
The witness, a rapper known as Fatboy SSE, told us he was at the concert to network and make new contacts. "Then someone told me a shot had gone off. I was thinking, 'How did someone get a weapon inside the venue?' And then I heard two more shots, 'Bow, Bow'. And that's when everyone started running. It got more hectic and people were trampling and running over people." The show, at which T.I. was the headline act, also listed Anderson .Paak, Maino and Uncle Murda on the line-up. No acts were on stage when the shooting happened. Videos uploaded from outside the venue show armed police patrolling the area. No arrests have been made.
Fatboy says he expects the shooting will damage the reputation of rap culture. "It's the people inside, it's their ignorance. I don't blame T.I. just because it was a T.I. concert. I don't blame Irving Plaza. I don't blame the people who booked the artists. I just blame the people that that started the trouble." None of the artists named on the line-up have spoken about shooting yet. Irving Plaza meanwhile said the safety of its guests was of "utmost importance". Fatboy says he hopes this doesn't mean an end to rap concerts there. "It's a devastating hit on the culture. I don't like it one bit, it's just bad for the culture."