Stabbing at Once Upon a Time in LA concert at Exposition Park

One person was stabbed Saturday night during the Once Upon a Time in LA concert at the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.

Paramedics responded to a call about a stabbing at about 8:40 p.m. at 3900 block of South Hoover Street, said Margaret Stewart, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. One person has been taken to hospital in critical condition, she said.

The person was not 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 was seriously injured.

The rapper was set to appear at the music festival, which featured a stacked lineup of popular rappers including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.

The rapper, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was “quite badly injured”, although it was not clear exactly how he was injured, according to the source, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

A source said a video captured the aftermath of the stabbing, showing people running onto the stage and security trying to end a fight. The victim was apparently backstage when they were attacked.

Shortly after the stabbing, organizers ended the event as customers left. Los Angeles police said on Twitter that an “incident” had taken place during the concert, but did not provide details. “The festival ended early. LAPD will assist in the area [California Highway Patrol] with the investigation,” the agency said.

The music festival was behind schedule. Snoop Dogg was supposed to perform at 8.30pm, but a DJ on the main stage had been spinning for about 45 minutes.

At about 9:20 p.m., the entrance appeared to be blocked backstage for everyone except police officers. Some people with artist wristbands were turned away. At least 20 officers gathered behind the main stage where yellow police tape was hung.

At 9.30 pm there was still no live announcement from the festival organizers.

Los Angeles Police Department could not confirm the victim’s identity.

A spokesperson for Live Nation said in a statement: “There was an altercation on the road backstage. Out of respect for those involved and in consultation with local authorities, performers and organizers have decided not to proceed with the remaining sets, so it was canceled.” festival ended an hour earlier.”

Photographer Bridget Arias was backstage watching George Clinton’s performance at about 8 p.m. when an awkward comment caught her attention.

“You know everyone is in everyone’s business and one person said, ‘Oh yeah, because Drakeo got stabbed,'” Arias said in an interview. “Then another person confirmed it and then it was like a monkey game where everyone kept repeating a version of what happened.”

Arias, who worked as a photographer on the event, said one of her artist friends was nearby when the incident took place.

Shortly after, festival security ordered them to return to their vehicles and get ready to leave. But Arias and a number of others got stuck in the crowds and are still waiting in their cars, artist lounge and trailers to leave the festival site.

“Dude, we’ve been waiting since 8:20 PM,” she said.

Born in LA, 28, Caldwell has 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 a telephone while he was being held in the Men’s Central Jail awaiting trial in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old year old in 2016 -old man.

Caldwell was acquitted of murder and attempted murder, but Los Angeles County prosecutors tried to try him again for conspiracy to commit the murder. The second case was eventually resolved with a plea deal and Caldwell was released in November 2020.

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