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A3C Festival ends abruptly during Lil Wayne performance

Atlanta concert shut down following an ‘altercation’

The five-day A3C Festival ended abruptly when an “altercation” occurred during Lil Wayne’s closing performance Sunday night.

Festival organizers and Atlanta police have released statements that evidence indicates no shots were fired nor weapons involved.

Fan-recorded video from the concert at the Georgia Freight Depot outdoor stage shows pandemonium breaking out in the crowd a few songs into the rapper’s set. It is still unclear what prompted the melee.


 

 

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The festival’s Instagram offered this account: 


The Atlanta Police Department statement said “It appears that someone in the crowd at the event located in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Central Ave. yelled that they heard gunshots. This caused people at the event to attempt to flee the location…at this time we have been unable to locate any evidence to support claims that shots were fired.”

Approximately 12 minor injuries, such as ankle injuries and lacerations from attempting to scale fences, were reported to police.

This was the 14th year for A3C, which began Wednesday and featured hip-hop-related panels, speeches and live appearances from a parade of artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Drumma Boy, Trina and Young Dro as well as Jermaine Dupri, Killer Mike, Goodie Mob and dozens more. 

Lil Wayne also tweeted after the event. 


 

This was expected to be the rapper’s celebratory performance since the release of “Tha Carter V,” which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with the second-largest streaming week ever for an album. 

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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