Two women were killed in a stampede at a concert in Rochester, New York, on Sunday night.
As the event featuring rapper GloRilla ended at 11 p.m., the crowd inside the Main Street Armory rushed toward the exit, and several people were trampled, authorities said.
On Monday morning, Rochester Police Chief David M. Smith spoke at a press briefing and provided an update on the victims.
“What began last night as a night of live music and fun for the performer GloRilla ended in tragedy with one person dead and two more fighting for their lives,” Smith said. A second woman died Monday evening.
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The police chief told reporters paramedics transported three women to area hospitals. A 33-year-old woman died was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Several others were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, according to Smith.
Preliminary reports from the scene indicated the chaos was caused by rumors of a shooting.
“There are some reports that shots were heard causing the crowd to panic,” Smith said. “We do not have any evidence of gunshots being fired or of anyone being shot or stabbed at the scene.”
Mayor Malik Evans also spoke at the briefing and vowed there would be a thorough investigation.
“We are going to hold people accountable for what happened last night,” Evans told reporters.
“This is a tragedy of epic proportions,” the mayor added. “When you go to a concert you do not expect to be trampled. Your loved ones expect you to be able to come home and talk about the experience you had at that great concert.”
GloRilla, a Grammy-nominated Memphis artist known for her 2022 single “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” (with Hitkidd), tweeted Sunday night: “Praying everybody is ok.”