Rolling Loud Co-Founder Issues Statement After False Active Shooter Reports Trigger Panic At Festival

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Atmosphere during Rolling Loud at Hard Rock Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Fla.  

Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif has issued a statement this morning (May 11) after false reports of an active shooter at the festival triggered a panic and caused fans to rush for the exits in Miami last night.

"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," he wrote. "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," he added. "Let's all come together today with positivity and have a great day."

The festival tweeted shortly after the false alarm last night to assure fans that it was safe to re-enter, writing, "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 reenter through security at the festival gates."

Billboard has reached out to Rolling Loud for additional comment. See Cherif's full statement below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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