HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - Ten people were treated at the scene of a stampede at a crowded rap event in Hollywood tonight and eight of those treated were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.
The stampede occurred at a meet-and-greet for the rapper Phora at the Shoe Palace store at the Hollywood & Highland complex, CBS2 reported.
“Basically he came out and got on top of a car and everybody just came out and had like a mosh pit or something,” fan Anthony Morales told ABC7. “Everybody went crazy. I saw three people just pass out."
Security at the event called for police to respond about 9:15 p.m. and at some point a stampede among attendees left several people injured, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez.
There were unconfirmed reports that a fight had broken out, but Lopez was unsure why police were called.
On Twitter, Phora downplayed reports of any violence, saying a female had passed out, but she was OK.
“I personally took someone to the hospital myself,” Phora told ABC7 while leaving the event. “It's hectic, super hectic out here.”
“I apologize to the LAPD, I apologize to the fans from the bottom of my heart,” Phora told CBS2. “There was no gunshots, no stabbings. I think it was because it was so hot, there were so many people... I just hope everyone's ok. Peace and love.”
Neither Phora or any firefighters sustained injuries, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
No arrests were reported, Lopez said.
Phora estimated the crowd at 7,000.
“Since there are so many people complaining, I will not be doing this again in any city (which I had planned),” Phora tweeted.
Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, is from Anaheim and is scheduled to go on tour next week.