Police in Rochester were called to the venue on Sunday night with reports of shots fired in the Armory. However, when they arrived, police said there was no evidence of a shooting and instead found a large crowd surge.
In a media release, the police department said they are “hearing many reports of potential causes, including crowd size, shots fired, pepper spray, and more.” In a separate statement, Lt. Nicholas Adams said, “the injuries appear to be as a result of a large crowd pushing towards the exits following accounts of individuals hearing what they believed to be gunshots.”
The city of Rochester and its police force are looking into possible safety violations that may have led to this crowd surge turning deadline. The venue has a maximum occupancy of 5,000 people, but city officials have yet to say if the crowd exceeded the limit during the concert on Sunday. The venue is up-to-date with all fire codes.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said it’s “too early to say what precipitated the event.” An investigation is ongoing.