BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Seven people were hospitalized after a chaotic scene unfolded during a music festival at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor late Sunday night, police said.
Around 10 p.m. at the Drumworks Music Fest, police say some sort of disturbance started near the stage. During a Monday press conference, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said he believed the disturbance stemmed from a fight and someone possibly yelling about a firearm that caused people to scatter.
People in the crowd attempted to run and flee the area in the same direction, causing some concertgoers to fall.
Of the seven people hospitalized, two were taken to Sisters of Charity Hospital and five to ECMC. Gramaglia said the worst injury appeared to be a broken arm.
Reports of gunshots were not believed to be accurate, as Gramaglia believed the sound of a bike rack barrier falling may have been mistaken for gunfire.
The incident caused the concert to pause for about 10 minutes. Officers and security were then able to restore order and the show continued. No other incidents were reported during the concert.
You can watch Gramaglia’s full press conference below.
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Justin McMullen is a Western New York native who joined the News 4 team in 2023. You can read more of his work here.