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Lil Wayne Concert Ends In Fear Of Gunfire … Are Live Performances Getting Too Dangerous?

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This is the moment Weezy fans have been waiting for. The rapper’s Tha Carter V album is finally out and now he’s hitting the stage promoting his new material. Unfortunately, his latest show ended with the threat of gunfire and it begs the question — are concerts getting too dangerous?

It all went down at the 14th annual A3C Festival & Conference in Atlanta over the weekend. During Lil Wayne’s set on Sunday someone allegedly yelled “shots fired” which sent the crowd into hysterics. Concert-goers ran, ducked and were trampled trying to exit. WXIA-TV reports at least a dozen people were hurt with injuries ranging from sprained ankles to gashes. Following the unfortunate event A3C updated fans and Wayne sent a tweet of support…

While this incident, thankfully, ended with no reported fatalities, there have been several concerts and club events over the past few years that have unfortunately cost fans their lives — Most recently the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last October. That festival ended in 58 lives lost when a lone gunman sent a non-stop barrage of bullets into the crowd from a 32nd floor window at the Mandalay Bay resort across the street. It is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

In addition, just months before Route 91, a bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England killed 22 people. And tragedy struck Orlando in 2016 when a shooter killed 49 people in Pulse Nightclub.

These incidents may be isolated, but they have shaped the way many us behave when we attend large events with hundreds of people. We look for exits, plan strategies and prepare for possible alternatives. It’s no longer just a fun night out — it comes with a caveat. And now, we may need to ask ourselves, ‘is it worth it?’

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