A man is in serious condition following gunfire that erupted during a Lil Baby concert at FedExForum in Memphis on Thursday night (September 7). According to several sources, the event was cut short as cops invaded the stadium at about 10.20 p.m. An individual was fatally wounded tonight at FedExForum following a Lil Baby concert,” FedExForum said in a statement. The event is being investigated, and we are working closely with the Memphis Police Department.” Responders found one male victim, who was taken to a nearby hospital. There were no more victims reported. Around 10:25 p.m., officials started to evacuate the venue. Footage shared online after the shot shows Lil Baby being hurried off stage in a panic.
Lil Baby had to be rushed off the stage after shots were fired during his show in Memphis. Leaving one person in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/Hap4A4YPeR
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As concertgoers flee to safety, a shot can be overheard in the background. Other footage shows security assisting an injured man near the stage itself, who was eventually brought out on a stretcher. The shooter’s identity is being sought by Memphis police. According to MPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Louis Brownlee, it is unknown whether the gunman and victim knew each other. Cops are also looking into how many shots were fired at the injured victim as well as how many times the perpetrator fired. Metal detectors are installed at FedExForum, and concertgoers must pass through them before entering the building. The MPD is looking into how the pistol got inside the premises.
Lil Baby heard that gun shot & got outta there 🏃🏾♂️I’m convinced Rylo slow doe☠️☠️🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/APVBEKJo4x
— solé (@layxsnv) September 8, 2023
Lil Baby Concert Cut Short By Gunfire, One Man Severely Injured
The instant after gunshots rang out at the club where Lil Baby was performing has been captured on video. According to accounts, the rapper had just been on stage for 10 minutes at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, when the event was cut short after one person was critically injured after an abrupt shooting sent thousands of spectators fleeing for safety. According to Memphis Police Department Sgt. Louis Brownlee, an adult male was injured shortly after 10 p.m. and has since been taken to the hospital for treatment. Though several persons are known to have been interrogated about the incident, law enforcement personnel have yet to identify and locate the gunman. Baby was set to perform with special guests GloRilla, Hunxho, Gloss Up, and Rylo Rodriguez. ” Someone shot at the Lil Baby concert at the FedEx Forum. “Only in Memphis mane,” one venue patron wrote. “I’ve only just f*****g begun!!!!!” I’m as p****d as hell!” Another person expressed their displeasure.
Memphis’ shooting rate has become a source of concern as the city faces an increase in violent crime. According to recent figures, Memphis’ violent crime rate has surpassed a 17-year high, with murders climbing by 35%. What is particularly concerning is that weapons are used in 73% of these violent crimes. This increase in violence calls into question the effectiveness of existing crime-fighting measures, which emphasise increased police presence and harsher penalties. Alternative options, such as changing the Juvenile Court’s detention policy and instituting restorative justice or more intensive community supervision, according to the chair of the Shelby County Crime Commission, should be examined. The current mayor’s efforts to minimise crime have clearly failed, with a 34% spike in violent crime and a startling 72% rise in property crime since his election.