Sev­eral in­jured in con­cert brawl

The Prince George Citizen - - A & E - Ad­ina BRESGE

TORONTO — One per­son is be­ing treated for life-threat­en­ing stab wounds and sev­eral oth­ers are in­jured fol­low­ing a se­ries of brawls at a Pusha T con­cert in Toronto, say po­lice.

Toronto Po­lice spokesman Const. David Hop­kin­son said of­fi­cers re­sponded to sev­eral al­leged as­saults at the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall dur­ing Pusha T’s per­for­mance on Tues­day evening af­ter some­one rushed the stage, set­ting off a mass brawl.

The stage was cleared, he said, and sev­eral peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries as they tried to es­cape the melee, while other fights waged on con­cur­rently.

A per­son who was stabbed dur­ing the in­ci­dent went to hos­pi­tal on his own, said Hop­kin­son. Two oth­ers were treated in hos­pi­tal for in­juries not be­lieved to be life-threat­en­ing, he said, and three more de­clined to re­ceive any med­i­cal treat­ment for their in­juries.

Hop­kin­son said progress has been made in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but he was not aware of any ar­rests as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Emer­gency work­ers were al­ready on standby at the venue when the vi­o­lence erupted at 10 p.m. on Tues­day, a safety mea­sure he said is com­mon at Toronto con­certs.

The venue, the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall, said on Twit­ter Wed­nes­day evening that it is “fully co­op­er­at­ing” with the Toronto po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said it wouldn’t be com­ment­ing fur­ther. The event’s pro­moter did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Con­cert-goer Adde Mo­hamed said he sensed that se­cu­rity was on high alert as the crowd waited for Pusha T to take the stage in rap­per ri­val Drake’s home turf.

“You would have ex­pected some­thing to hap­pen with Pusha T in Toronto,” said Mo­hamed. “Peo­ple like to say that Toronto is Drake’s city. They al­ready had their beef.”

And soon enough, it was rain­ing beer.

A video shows Pusha T try­ing to dodge the del­uge and de­bris be­ing hurled by about 15 ag­i­ta­tors, Mo­hamed es­ti­mated. And po­si­tioned front-and-cen­tre, he was right in the splash zone.

As Pusha T was whisked back­stage, Bhatt said sev­eral con­cert­go­ers breached the metal rail­ings, leapt on stage and “knocked the hell out of” each other.

Se­cu­rity per­son­nel ush­ered the sea of brawlers out of the venue, some still throw­ing punches as they were evac­u­ated to boos from the crowd.

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