One person was stabbed during the Once Upon a Time in LA concert at Banc of California Stadium in Exhibition Park on Saturday night.
Paramedics responded to a call about a stabbing at around 8:40 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Hoover Street, said Margaret Stewart, public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department. One person was taken to hospital in critical condition, she said.
The individual has not been identified. But a person with direct knowledge of the incident told The Times that hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler was attacked by a group of people at the music festival and seriously injured.
The rapper was scheduled to appear at the music festival, which included a stacked lineup of popular rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.
The rapper, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was “quite seriously injured” although it is not known exactly how he was injured, according to the source, who requested anonymity to frankly discuss the case.
A source said a video captured the aftermath of the knife attack, showing people rushing to the scene and security officers trying to end a fight. The victim was apparently behind the scenes when they were attacked.
Shortly after the stabbing, organizers put an end to the event as patrons moved to exit. The Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter that an “incident” occurred at the concert but did not provide details. âThe festival ended early. LAPD will be in the area to help [California Highway Patrol] with the investigation, âthe agency said.
The music festival was late. Snoop Dogg was scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m., but a DJ on the main stage had been playing for about 45 minutes.
At around 9:20 a.m., the backstage entrance appeared to be blocked off for anyone except the police. Some people with artist’s bracelets have been turned away. At least 20 policemen gathered behind the main stage where yellow police tape was taped.
As of 9:30 p.m., there had been no live announcements from the festival organizers.
Los Angeles police could not confirm the identity of the victim.
A spokesperson for Live Nation said in a statement: âThere was a backstage altercation on the pavement. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, the artists and organizers decided not to move forward with the remaining sets, so the festival ended an hour earlier.
Photographer Bridget Arias was backstage watching George Clinton play around 8 p.m. when a flippant comment caught her attention.
âYou know, everyone’s in everyone’s business and one person was like, ‘Oh yeah, because Drakeo was stabbed,'” Arias said in an interview. “Then another person confirmed it and then it was kind of like the monkey game where everyone kept repeating a version of what was going on.”
Arias, who was working on the event as a photographer, said that an artist friend of his was in the area when the incident happened.
Soon after, festival security ordered them to return to their vehicles and prepare to leave. But Arias and several others got stuck in the kerfuffle and are still waiting in their cars, artists’ lounge and caravans to leave the festival grounds.
âDude, we’ve been waiting around 8:20 pm,â she said.
Caldwell, 28, from LA, released 10 mixtapes and released his first studio album earlier this year. He recorded the mixtape “Thank You For Using GTL”, a reference to the prison communications company Global Tel Link, with verses recorded over the phone while being held at the Central Men’s Prison awaiting trial. in connection with the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man.
Caldwell was acquitted of murder and attempted murder charges, but Los Angeles County prosecutors have sought to retry him for conspiring to murder. The second case was ultimately resolved by a plea deal and Caldwell was released from detention in November 2020.