Man in critical condition, others injured after stabbings, brawls at Pusha T concert
One person suffered life-threatening stab wounds and at least five others were injured after audience members charged the stage and brawls broke out during rapper Pusha T's concert in Toronto Tuesday night.
Emergency crews responded to a call of an assault in progress shortly after 10 p.m. ET at the Danforth Music Hall, where about 1,400 people were in attendance.
Police spokesperson Const. David Hopkinson said the person who suffered critical injuries made it to the hospital on his own. The man underwent surgery and was still listed in critical condition on Wednesday morning.
Hopkinson told CP24 Wednesday that it’s not yet clear whether the man was stabbed inside or outside the concert hall. After the initial fight broke out on stage, people started fleeing the venue and a number of other fights broke out as a result, Hopkinson said.
Two other people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while three others declined to receive medical treatment for their injuries.
Videos posted to social media appear to show audience members throwing drinks at one of the performers before part of the crowd jumps a barrier and rushes onto the stage where a physical altercation broke out.
Witnesses reported people throwing beer, water and paint on stage during Pusha T's set.
“It just devolved from what was a pretty normal show to what looked like an orchestrated attack on the stage,” witness Sam Jouppi told CTV News Channel Wednesday.
Footage shows Pusha T retreating backstage once the altercation begins, but he eventually returns to perform "Infrared" -- a track that takes shots at Toronto rapper Drake.
At one point, Pusha addressed the crowd and alleged that people were "paid" to throw beer at him -- with concert-goers speculating on Twitter that he was referring to Drake.
Jouppi said security personnel acted quickly to break up the brawl.
Pusha T's representatives could not be reached for comment. No one was taken into custody as of Wednesday morning.
Hopkinson said witnesses have been co-operating with police, but investigators still need more evidence and are asking anyone with cellphone video or other footage of the incident to come forward.
With files from The Canadian Press