Stizz says he's 'heartbroken'
A shooting at a Cousin Stizz concert over the weekend left two concertgoers dead and two more wounded.
The shooting occured in the Atlanta venue The Masquerade prior to Stizz’s scheduled set. According to the Associated Press, one person was pronounced dead on the scene and another died at the hospital shortly after the shooting.
Both survivors of the shooting were shot in the legs and are expected to recover.
Police in Atlanta say that shooting happened after people at The Masquerade climbed onto the stage. The shooter fired on them from the crowd and then escaped the club in the ensuing panic. Police have not identified a suspect but they were spotted leaving the club by nearby security guards.
Stizz tweeted about the shooting and expressed sadness over the fact two fans lost their lives and that the typically easygoing vibe of his show was shattered. The star wrote:
“Completely heartbroken. Before I hit the stage in Atlanta tonight, there was a shooting in the crowd, two people died and two others were injured. I’ve always called my shows family reunions, because they’re never anything but fun, safe, good vibes and positivity. I’m in shock and at a loss for words for the senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”
Rash Of Shootings
The shooting at Stizz’s show is just the latest example of the disturbingly regular shooting trend that is plaguing shows in 2017.
Two people were shot just last week at a Boosie concert in California. Another concert earlier this year was cancelled after someone in the crowd began firing a weapon.
A Scarface concert in Portland, Oregon was cut short following several gunshots and one concertgoer described the terrifying scene similar to the one that Stizz’s fans likely faced over the weekend.
“Twenty to 40 people ran for the exit,” Silas Beebe told The Oregonian, noting that the band likely couldn’t hear it and continued to play.
“Everybody cleared out of the center and pushed toward the edges and hovered and waited,” Beebe said of the second wave of patrons looking to flee the venue. He added that, unlike the Stizz show, the concert was nearly over when the shooting started.
It was at that point that “the band got wind of what was happening and — boom — the band cleared out and headed for the exits.”
And the shootings haven’t been limited to rap concerts. Of course, the deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred earlier this year at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock fired on the Route 91 Harvest festival from a nearby hotel using an amassed arsenal of weaponry. By the time he turned his weapons on himself, 59 people were dead and another 528 were wounded.
The rash of high-profile shootings in public spaces has led to renewed talks about the United States’ unique problem with gun violence, though as of right now there’s been little in the way of movement to deal with the issue.
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Check out Stizz’s response up top. What do you think? Is there anything that can be done to stem the tide of shootings in concert spaces? What would you do to stop these sort of tragedies were it up to you? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.