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8 Hospitalized Following Stampede at Rapper's Event in Hollywood: Officials

8 Hospitalized Following Stampede at Rapper's Event in Hollywood: Officials

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Several people were injured in a stampede after a rapper's giveaway event in Hollywood drew a large crowd that grew unruly Monday night, officials said.

The victims were trampled outside the event at Shoe Palace, on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where attendees said they had lined up five to six hours before rapper Phora showed up.

The Anaheim artist had invited fans to meet him at 7 p.m. at the shoe store, where he said he would be giving out free merchandise and shoes in a message posted to his Facebook page Sunday night.

"it’s FREE, I just wanna meet you guys," the post reads. "Buying new shoes for anyone who needs them and giving away a bunch of FREE YT/Love Is Hell shirts to whoever comes."

Attendee Josh Vargas said as the crowd swelled, p eople began cutting in line, which prompted fights.

“After a while it just turned into a big mess, and everybody was impatient," he told KTLA. "Everybody was cutting and getting mad at each other.”

Then, the giveaway was cancelled because security guards weren't being heeded. At that point, Phora came into the street and got on top of car, and everyone started rushing him, Vargas said.

"Everybody ran toward him, everybody was recording him,” he said, and then: “Everybody was pushing each other. Everybody was trying to get out.”

Ten people were medically evaluated, eight on whom were taken via ambulance to nearby hospitals with non-critical injuries, the L.A. Fire Department said in an alert. The other two individuals evaluated declined transport.

Those injured were all teenagers and young adults, LAFD said.

The rapper shared a video of him in front the crowd, captioning it "LA I love you."

Poli ce and fire officials remained at the scene Monday night and were releasing little further information.

Phora, who's promoting a new album released last week, is also scheduled to perform this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Hollywood Palladium.

KTLA's Sarah Fenton and Matt Phillips contributed to this report.

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