Ten people were injured, including eight who were hospitalized, during a promotional event featuring the rapper Phora on Oct. 8 at the Shoe Palace store at the Hollywood and Highland center.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Ray Brown said police were notified at 8:45 p.m. about a large crowd gathering outside the shoe store, which faces Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard. Security hired for the event was unable to control the crowd. Officers arrived to provide crowd control and keep people out of the street, Brown said.
At approximately 10:40 p.m., Phora came out of the store to greet the crowd and a large group of people surged forward, knocking 10 people to the ground. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics treated the people who were trampled by the crowd. Two victims declined further medical treatment, while eight were taken by ambulance to hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.
Brown said no arrests were made. The ages and genders of the victims were not provided.
Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, was not injured. The event, which coincided with the release of Phora’s recording “Love is Hell” on Oct. 5, was advertised as a “free meet & greet” on social media. A flyer and post stated there would be “Free Shoes for Everyone,” and encouraged fans to bring shoes for donation. Phora issued a statement on Twitter and Facebook on Oct. 9 that said the crowd contained 6,000 people, but LAPD estimates placed it at approximately 1,000 people. He did not address that 10 of his fans were injured.
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