According to the Washington Post, at least five civilians and two police officers have been injured at a homecoming event outside the gates of Howard University, in Washington D.C.
The news has been substantiated by local police officials, who claim the incident took place at “Yardfest,” a popular homecoming concert. Preliminary reports indicate that the festivities did not get off to the best of starts after a storm of people rushed towards the university’s gates, leading to the homecoming marquee.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that D.C. police officers and emergency personnel had arrived on scene, attending to injuries of an unspecified nature. Early reports seem to suggest that none of those hurt have sustained life-threatening wounds.
WUSA9 allege that tickets went on sale for around $5, yet some were later sold at a $20 premium by third-party distributors, due to the immense popularity of the occasion. Hordes of alumni students from all of the country are attracted to Yardfest, which typically hosts R&B and hip-hop music acts.
The queues for ticket-owners have been incredibly vast across all entrances that lead to the hotly anticipated event. Many civilians are being turned away from the homecoming event, which appears to be woefully unequipped to handle the sheer volume of attendees.
A much greater police presence can now be seen, drafted in to cover the perimeter of the campus and ensure no further incidents. In addition, security personnel are now lining the gateways, providing additional support.
By: James Fenner