Police shoot tear gas to disperse New Jersey concert crowd

Authorities say officers had bottles thrown at them by people in the crowd who were trying to get inside — some without tickets.

State Police respond to disturbances outside the MetLife Stadium where Summer Jam Hot 97 concert was held in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, June 7, 2015. Crowds on Sunday night became upset when the gates were closed and blocked off by police in riot gear, the Asbury Park Press reported. (Tyson Trish/The Record of Bergen County via AP) ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO ARCHIVING; MANDATORY CREDIT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WPRI) — Hundreds of concert-goers ran from New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium Sunday night, as police armed with riot gear worked to disperse the crowds. According to state police, it all started when security at an entrance gate attempted to stop crowds illegally trying to enter the sold out concert.

Video on social media shows people trying to force their way into the concert by climbing over the fence and pushing through the security gate. That scene prompted a lock-down of the stadium. The crowd outside was then met by an armored truck, police in riot gear and tear gas, trying to get that group of people to leave the area.

Police report the crowd became angry when the entrance gates were closed, at times throwing bottles.

The Summer Jam is an R&B and hip-hop concert tour that’s making its way across the country.

“People been standing out here for over three and a half hours just trying to get into a concert they paid for their money and they wouldn’t want you to see. The way they treat us is like animals. I’ll never do this again,” concert-goer Aaron Martin said.

Authorities in New Jersey said they have made some arrests.

The major concert is hosted annually by a New York radio station and was headlined Sunday by Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Big Sean and Chris Brown.

Emmis New York, which owns Hot 97, said in a statement that refunds will be offered for ticket holders whose tickets were not scanned. They said the concert sold out Sunday evening and that “a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd.” The gates to get inside were then closed and no one else was allowed in.

Hot 97 released the following statement regarding the incident:

“Due to strong demand for tickets for Summer Jam 2015, the show sold out early this evening. When fans realized tickets were not available at the box office, a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd.  The gates were closed at that time.  No further entry was permitted into the event.

For ticket holders whose tickets were not scanned, refunds will be offered at the point of purchase.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s