Cash Money Concert at
the Oakland Coliseum was cancelled on Friday after a crowd stormed
the arena to gain entry and battled with the audience already
inside, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said on Saturday.
According to sources, Eve, BG and Juvenile were scheduled to perform.
Lt. J.C. Maldonado said approximately 12,500 people were on hand
Friday night to hear performances by three acts when the disruption
crowd outside the Coliseum broke down doors and stormed the arena
floor, authorities said. Chairs were thrown and one person was
tossed off a balcony. ``One of the sheriff's patrol vehicles had
its windscreen broken by a bottle while shots were reported in
and outside the arena,'' Maldonado said in a statement. Coliseum
officials cancelled the remainder of the concert, police said.
At the height of the fracas, 60 Alameda County sheriff's deputies
were at the facility, as were officers from the Oakland Police
Department and other local police.
California Highway Patrol briefly closed several local highway
ramps to keep vehicles away. Maldonado said about 25 people were
injured, including a deputy sheriff who was struck in the head
with a chair, one person was reportedly stabbed and a number of
Coliseum staff members were injured. There were no reports of