At a concert by Nigerian artist Asake on Thursday (Dec. 16) night at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, there were several injuries sustained by attendees, including four who were brought to the hospital with what were characterized as critical injuries. The incident happened when a sizable crowd formed outside the venue and allegedly tried to force their way inside. The Metropolitan Police has opened an urgent inquiry into the event.
Eight people in total were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of wounds that were “believed to have been caused by crushing,” according to a statement from the police. According to police, four of those eight people required severe injury treatment, and three are still in critical condition. In addition, two more victims who suffered less severe injuries were attended to on the spot by ambulance personnel.
At 9.35 p.m. local time, police were called to the venue, which has a capacity of just under 5,000 people, in response to allegations that numerous people were allegedly trying to force their way inside. Videos on social media depict a tumultuous situation with a sizable crowd gathered outside the O2 Academy Brixton. Some footage appears to capture someone attempting to push their way past security and open doors. Other films depict fights between concertgoers and police.