This weekend in Washington, D.C., Howard University’s homecoming festivities got off to a terrible start. Reports are swirling about that several people were injured and possibly trampled trying to storm the gates of the homecoming’s marquee event, YardFest earlier this afternoon.
NBC Washington reports that D.C. police and emergency personnel are on the scene treating the injured, with a reported five people being treated for unnamed injuries. Two police officers were also hurt in the fracas with non-life threatening injuries.
From NBC Washington:
D.C. Police and rescue personnel are responding to calls for several people injured — possibly trampled — at the gates of Howard University Friday afternoon, as the university’s homecoming festivities began.
Just after 3 p.m. Friday, several people tried to rush a gate to the homecoming concert YardFest, at 6th Street NW and Howard Place. Police were called to the scene when people from the other side of the gate pushed back and several individuals were injured.
According to police, at least five individuals were injured as well as two officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries.
This story is developing quickly and we will update accordingly.
The Washington Post tweeted that the concert will still be going on and that the injuries were reportedly minor.
Check out photos of students hopping the fence and storming the gates at Howard University’s homecoming YardFest event below.
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